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st: categorize variables basaed on percentitles


From   KiDeuk Kim <kideuk@yahoo.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: categorize variables basaed on percentitles
Date   Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:29:35 -0800 (PST)

Dear statlisters,

I have five continuous variables, var1-var5, each of which is on a different scale. I'd like to (1) obtain the percentitle for two values, say 10 and 25, on var1, (2) apply those percentitles to var2-var5 and obtain the corresponding value of each of var2-var5 for the two percentitles, and (3) categorize var2-var5 into ordinal variables (cat2-cat5) based on those values. 

I tried a few different commands and user-written scripts to write this loop, but have not been successful. It'd be greatly appreciated if someone could teach me how to program this in Stata. 

Thank you, 

KD
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