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st: RE: variable that counts double observations..

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: variable that counts double observations..
Date   Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:08:59 -0000

First I note that your example syntax is quite illegal. However, 

bysort group: gen var = _n 

would work, for example. 

I take it that you want to generate a new variable with successive values 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4, etc. 

Check out -egen-'s -seq()- function. 


bysort group: gen var = ceil(_n/2) 


Linn Renée Naper

egen var=_n, by(group) will give me a variable counting from 1 til N within each group of the data. 
BUT: how do I tell stata that the observations are double in the sense that I need a variable that repeats each number ones, 
like this: 11 22 33 44.... instead of 1 2 3 4.....
I need this variable in order to collapse the data.

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