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st: Converting string variable name into numbers

From   Michael Horowitz <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Converting string variable name into numbers
Date   Fri, 13 May 2005 12:15:08 -0400 (EDT)

I am currently working with a survey dataset that includes responses from
participants regarding their dominant language.  The answers are string
variables, since they are "english", "spanish", etc.  Basically the data
looks like this

Obs1		English
Obs2		Spanish
Obs3		French
Obs4		English

I would like to create dummy variables where every "english" response gets
coded a 1 and other responses are coded a 0, do the same thing for
"spanish", etc. .

Any ideas?  Thank you in advance for the assistance.

Michael Horowitz


Michael Horowitz
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Cambridge, MA 02138

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