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# Re: st: RE: recoding variables with different min & max into standard scale

 From Daniel Laurison To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: RE: recoding variables with different min & max into standard scale Date Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:28:08 -0800

```Thank you, this is exactly what I needed.

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:49 AM, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
>
> foreach v of var <varlist> {
>        su `v', meanonly
>        gen new_`v' = (`v' - r(min))/(r(max) - r(min))
> }
>
> There's also a dedicated -egen- function from Stas Kolenikov:
>
> _gstd01 from http://web.missouri.edu/~kolenikovs/stata
>    _gstd01 -- Standardize to [0,1] / / Author: Stas Kolenikov,
>    skolenik@recep.glasnet.ru / This program is an extension to the egen
>    command / that standardize the specified variable into [0,1] range / so
>    that 0 corresponds to the minimum value, and 1, / to the maximum
>
> Nick
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>
> Daniel Laurison
>
> I have a couple hundred variables all with different ranges, and I
> just need to get them all to be 0-1 (not dummies, but continuous with
> the min value 0 and max value 1 and everything in between keeping its
> original proportions; I'd be just as happy with 0-100 or etc.).  I
> don't need ranks or "standardized" i.e. egen std(var) values.  The
> mathematical formula is simply [var- min(var)]/[max(var)-min(var)] but
> I can't figure out how to make Stata do that; I know I could get the
> ranks, but I want to keep the relative values.  My workaround is to
> egen the constant max & min of each var, and then do a foreach loop
> with the maxvars & minvars for each var in the formula... but there
> has to be a neater, more elegant solution, right?
>
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Daniel Laurison
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Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

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