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st: RE: Can you get sign of value only?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Can you get sign of value only?
Date   Thu, 23 Mar 2006 23:23:18 -0000

replace x = x * sign(y) 

Stata's documentation of functions is ultra-dry. At 
some point one just has to scan the list and see 
what there is. 

At the Stata Journal we are open to publishing tutorial-type 
articles on the more exciting functions, but with 
-sign()- I would be pushed to do more than restate the 
definition. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Danielle H. Ferry

> Is it possible to get the sign of a value? I.e., I would like 
> to multiply the
> var x by either -1 or +1 depending on the sign of var y. 

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