# Re: st: using reshape

 From "Svend Juul" <[email protected]> To <[email protected]> Subject Re: st: using reshape Date Tue, 12 Sep 2006 10:22:41 +0200

```Mike Frone wrote:

I obtained data in this form:
respnum_  injnum   finalwt2  gender  ir1  ir2  ir3_  ir4_1_
354            1  16151.351    male  yes    2    no      no
354            2  16151.351    male  yes    2   yes      no
354            3  16151.351    male  yes    2     .       .
354            4  16151.351    male  yes    2     .       .
354            5  16151.351    male  yes    2     .       .

However, because this person only experienced 2 injuries, I wanted the
data in this form:
respnum_  injnum   finalwt2  gender  ir1  ir2   ir3_  ir4_1_
354            1  16151.351    male  yes    2     no      no
354            2  16151.351    male  yes    2    yes      no
How can I keep the number of records for a given respondent equal to the

number of injuries experienced?
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I responded:
Assuming that ir3_ and ir4_1_ are 0/1 numeric variables, no/yes being
the
value labels:

drop if ir3==0 & ir4_1_==0

- but this was nonsense; it should have been:

drop if ir3 >= . & ir4_1_ >= .
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Mike responded to my nonsense suggestion

Thanks for your response.  Unfortunately, as I noted, this was a partial

record for one case.  There are many other injury characteristics.
Moreover, a respondent may have from 1 to 5 injury event, so the number
of
records within each value of respnum_ can range from 1 to 5.  So a
simple
drop is unlikely to resolve the problem.
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I guess that you can identify "empty" observations, i.e. observations
not representing an injury, by one or more variables having a missing
value. That is the aim of
drop if ir3 >= . & ir4_1_ >= .

Svend
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(Institute of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology)
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