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Re: st: drawnorm for discrete variables

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: drawnorm for discrete variables
Date   Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:52:06 +0000 (GMT)

--- On Fri, 30/4/10, Tyler Frazier wrote:
> Whats the best way to drawnorm for discrete variables in stata -- for
> example ethnicity, education, religion, occupation, etc...

You can't use -drawnorm- for a discrete variable, -drawnorm- draws a 
sample from multivariate normal distribution, which is by definition
continuous. You can consider: M.L. Buis (2007) "Stata tip 48: Discrete 
uses for uniform()" The Stata Journal, 7(3):434--435.

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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