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st: RE: Re: Unique identifier

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Re: Unique identifier
Date   Fri, 29 Oct 2004 17:47:44 +0100

As various people have pointed out, 

1. -egen, group()- does this (although I'd point 
to the -label- option as possibly useful) 

2. what you did in fact supplied what you wanted. 

In addition, you used -catenate-, which you 
presumably got from SSC. I guess that it's my 
fault that this is not flagged in its write-up 
as a good idea only for Stata 5 users. Users of more 
up-to-date Statas should use -egen, concat()- (in official 
Stata 7 or 8, or in STB-50, Stata 6) for the same 
purpose, concatenation of string variables. 

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Janet Willard
> I have a dataset that consists of a number of patients and the tooth 
> treated, typically of the form Evans LL5. I wanted to combine 
> these into a 
> single numerical variable to identify each specific patient / tooth 
> combination. The syntax I have used is:
> catenate code = patient tooth,punct(no)
> encode code,gen(code1)
> This returns a long variable which has the "numerical value" 
> EvansLL5. What 
> I really wanted was a numerical variable such as 1. Can I achive this?

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