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# Re: st: How can I count the number of variables that meet a certain condition per observation?

 From Nick Cox To "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" Subject Re: st: How can I count the number of variables that meet a certain condition per observation? Date Sun, 4 Dec 2011 13:18:53 +0000

```Your questions change from post to post....

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The total of variables precisely equal to 2 is the count of such variables multiplied by 2. Thus the first answer implies the second.
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Nick

On 4 Dec 2011, at 12:50, "Schreck, Philipp" <schreck@bwl.lmu.de> wrote:

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```Hi Daniel,

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Thank you very much for your help. Sorry for not having found the corresponding text via the -help- function before. I actually needed both, counting the number of variables with value "2":
```egen var1 = anycount(var_101-var_110), values(2)

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and computing the sum across these variables (sorry for the imprecise question).
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Thanks & greetings,
Philipp
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Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 13:18:57 +0100
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Subject: Re: st: How can I count the number of variables that meet a certain condition per observation?
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Phillip "would like to count for each observation the number of
variables that meet a certain condition, say var*==2."

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The very first function in -help egen- is -anycount()- and is described as:
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"It returns the number of variables in varlist for  which values are
equal to any integer value in a supplied numlist.  [...] Also see
anyvalue(varname) and anymatch(varlist)."

However, I am not sure I am getting the problem, because

"[...] computing the sum across variables (for each observation) ONLY
for those variables with values greater than 1"

to me means something comletely different and is not at all

"[...] alternatively, [...]"

to

"the number of variables with values greater than 1 per
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