# st: counting the cases for which the obervations of two different variables are equal

 From minimus To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject st: counting the cases for which the obervations of two different variables are equal Date Wed, 26 Mar 2008 19:52:48 +0100

```Dear All,

I have a question.

I would like to count the number of cases for which the observations inside
two different variables are equal.
That is: Suppose you have a panel dataset where the variable 'respondent
number' repeats itself for some years (because the same person is observed
for several years) and therefore the variable 'sex'  repeats itself too.

So if in the column of respndent number it reads for two obervations:

1011
1011

then the corresponding column the sex reads

male
male
.

Ok now I would like to check if the 'sex' variable is consistent in the
data. To do this i use the following command:

count if respnr[_n] == respnr[_n+1] & aa001[_n] == aa001[_n+1]

and it returns me a number, which is fine.

This command returns me the number of cases where a respondent is observed
for any two years and the sex of the respondent was same for those two
years.

Now, I also ask the same question for '3 consecutive' years and use the
following command:

count if respnr[_n] == respnr[_n+1] == respnr[_n+2] & aa001[_n] ==
aa001[_n+1] == aa001[_n+2]

Although I can see in the data browser that this condition holds for many
observations, stata returns "0" cases.
That is, although I determine cases where an individual is observed for
three years and his sex is male for those years,
stat does not see that and return "0".

Why?

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