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RE: st: Unique identifier from a string name

From   Barry Quinn <>
To   "" <>
Subject   RE: st: Unique identifier from a string name
Date   Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:10:00 +0000

Thanks for all the suggestions.

The context of the problem is to build a panel from yearly data using firm names as the unique id with the -merge- command.

I had thought of  -encode- and -egen-'s-group()- but my panel is unbalanced and I presume both of these are based on an alphabetical sort order? 

Brendan: I think your solutions may prove more useful although am not sure how to turn it into an id to use with -merge-


Barry Quinn

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