# AW: st: How to create a random number identifier number

 From "Martin Weiss" <[email protected]> To <[email protected]> Subject AW: st: How to create a random number identifier number Date Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:11:22 +0100

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The -destring- line could easily be omitted, without loss of
functionality...

HTH
Martin

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[mailto:[email protected]] Im Auftrag von Michael
McCulloch
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 12. November 2009 04:16
An: [email protected]
Betreff: Re: st: How to create a random number identifier number

Anna,
This simulated example is a better approach, that is faithful to your
need for the newpersonid to have 5 digits.
Michael

********* begin example
clear
set obs 11000
gen personid=_n
replace personid=personid+10000 if personid<10000
gen sortvar=1 + int(11000*uniform())

replace sortvar=sortvar+10000 if sort<10000
sort sortvar

gen newpersonid str5=_n
destring newpersonid, replace
replace newpersonid=newpersonid+50000 if newpersonid<11000

list personid newpersonid in 10050/11000
codebook
********* end example

Dear Anna, if you sort on some variable other than personid, or
perform a random sort, you could then:
gen new_personid = _n
This creates a variable which has a value equal to the sequence # of
that record, which is why you have to create some sort order other
than personid.
Michael

On Nov 11, 2009, at 6:37 PM, Anna Reimondos wrote:

> Hello,
> I am experiencing problems creating a unique set of number for my
> dataset.
>
> I have a dataset with around 11,000 subjects or persons, and each one
> of these subjects has a unique identifier that is 5 digits long
> (personid).
> I need to create a concordance file which list the original 5 digit
> "personid" and matches this to another new randomly created identifier
> for each person. This new identifier (new_personid) also has to be 5
> digits long.
>
> Example:
> personid   new_personid
> 10526        35624
> 18594        21893
> 54632        12489
>
> I have tried playing around with the gen  x = uniform() function but
> to no avail. I am unable to create exactly 11,000 unique numbers with
> 5 digits.
> I also tried just using the egen x=se() command, but then the ids are
> sequential and not random and I am afraid then perhaps someone could
> figure out how to match the personid and the newperson id....
>
>
> Any help would be much appreciated,
>
> Thanks
> Anna
>
> (Using STATA 10.1, Windows Vista)
>
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