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From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
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Subject   st: Re: coding
Date   Fri, 27 Jan 2006 20:16:37 -0500

I'm not sure I understand, but if you want to create a single categorical variable for each case based on 8 years of data and you have a categorical variable that takes on one of three possible values (possibility=1,2,3) for each year (year= 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8), then you could::

gen score=possibility*10^(year-1)
collapse (sum) score, by(caseid)

This will give you an 8 digit number (score) for each caseid with each digit representing the value of possibility for each year. One advatage of this approach is that the resulting number can be directly interpreted. If you had more years than you might need to create the score variable as a double.

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: "Alexander Nervedi" <>
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Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 7:30 PM
Subject: st: coding

Hi List users,

I am having a tough time getting my head around this.

I have data on households which goes for 8 years and in each year i can observe 3 possibilities. Thus a total of 8^3 possible histories exist.

How would I go about creating a variable that classifies the data into each of these possibilities?

I have 800 households that I need to classify in this form.


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