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st: RE: Basic Numeric to String Recoding

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: Basic Numeric to String Recoding
Date   Mon, 6 Sep 2010 22:21:59 +0100

-recode- is not suitable for this purpose. It is for numerical to numerical recodes. Check out -decode-. But typically you will gain little or nothing. Stata prefers numeric variables with attached value labels. 



I have a list of numeric IDs for states (stateid) with abbreviated labels
attached (stname). I would like to create a new string variable made us of
the unabbreviated state names but based on the stateid variable.

I have tried the following: 
1) recode stateid (1="Alabama"), (2="Arkansas"), ..., generate(statename)
2) recode stateid (1="Alabama"), (2="Arkansas"), ..., strgen(statename)
3) generate state="Alabama" if stateid=1

among other nonsensical permutations.  Is there any way to do this using
recode, or something analogous?

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