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# Re: st: RE: sort

 From "NEYMOTIN, FLORENCE" <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: RE: sort Date Tue, 28 Jun 2005 14:39:35 -0700

```that's perfect!!! thank you :)
florence

On Tue, 28 Jun 2005 22:31:02 +0100
"Nick Cox" <[email protected]> wrote:
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If you -sort- on any variable, only the order of the observations changes, not their values.
Alternatively, what you want may be what I call a -cosort-. -save- your data first just in case this is not what you want.
*! 1.0.0 NJC 3 November 1999 program define cosort
version 6 syntax varlist(min=2) [if] [in] tokenize `varlist' tempvar touse order mark `touse' `if' `in' qui replace `touse' = 1 - `touse' sort `touse' `1' gen long `order' = _n
mac shift qui while "`1'" != "" { tempvar copy local type : type `1' gen `type' `copy' = `1' sort `touse' `1' replace `1' = `copy'[`order']
drop `copy' mac shift }
sort `order' end

.-
help for ^cosort^
.-

Sort variables and align in sorted order ----------------------------------------

^cosort^ varlist [if] [in]
Description
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^cosort^ sorts each variable in varlist and replaces variables so that all are in sorted order, aligned so that the first of each is in the first observation, the second of each is in the second observation, and so on. Variables may be numeric or string.
Observations selected by ^if^ and/or ^in^ are placed first in the data set.
Suppose we have
^a b c^ 3 7 13 1 8 12
2 9 11
After ^cosort a b c^ we have
^a b c^
1 7 11
2 8 12
3 9 13

Warning
-------

^cosort^ is a rarely needed command. Almost all sorting problems call for @sort@ or @gsort@.

Example where it may be appropriate: sorting independent batches of random numbers held in separate variables.
^cosort^ destroys information in your data set in so far as values in each observation are typically not kept together. To be on the safe side, ^save^ your data before issuing ^cosort^.

Examples
--------

. ^cosort x y^

Author
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Nicholas J. Cox, University of Durham, U.K.
n.j.cox@@durham.ac.uk

Also see
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On-line: help for @sort@, @gsort@

Nick [email protected]
NEYMOTIN, FLORENCE

is there a way to sort just ONE variable without changing the rest of the dataset? i.e. I want to sort EACH variable seperately and leave the rest of the dataset the same...
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