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Re: st: counting

From   "Scott Merryman" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   Re: st: counting
Date   Sat, 7 Feb 2004 06:54:40 -0600

Another way would be to use -tabstat-

Something like:

tabstat child if child == 1, by(state) stat(N) save


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Philip Ryan" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 6:25 AM
Subject: Re: st: counting

> It is hard to answer this question without a much better idea of (i) how your
> data set is constructed and (ii) just what it is that you want.
> Chris asks, quite reasonably, whether you just want a visual display, because
> you imply (?) that you do not want to store the results for future use ("..
> without generating a new variable").  But your own solution:
>  by state: count if child==1
> will do a perfectly good job of simply displaying _a_ result for each state
> (whether it is the result you want depends on your data setup).
> Perhaps you do wish to store the results?  If so you have a number of choices:
> a single variable, a series of macros or scalars, or as a vector.
> Here is one approach:
> gen num_kids = .
> levels state, local(slevels)
> foreach s of local slevels {
> count if state ==`s' & child == 1
> replace num_kids = `r(N)' if state ==`s'
> }
> ... and then you can play around with the variable num_kids.
> Note that this depends on (i) state being a numeric variable (if it is a
> string, then either first -encode- it or else enclose the two instances of `s'
> in my code with double quotes: "`s'") and, especially, (ii) on the meaning of
> the child variable in your data.
> Whether the specific code above is correct for your situation is probably less
> relevant than that -help levels- and -help foreach-  are often good places to
> start in problems like these.
> Phil

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