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Re: st: How to standardize a variable with a define mean

From   Alberto R Osella <>
Subject   Re: st: How to standardize a variable with a define mean
Date   Wed, 01 Feb 2012 11:05:45 +0100

Thanks Maarten. It works!!!!

Alberto R. Osella, MD, PhD
Laboratorio di Epidemiologia e Biostatistica
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Il 01/02/2012 10:48, Maarten Buis ha scritto:
On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM, Alberto R Osella wrote:
I want to standardize a variable (BMI) with a given mean value. I've
obtained that value from a -summarize- command, that is r(mean).
Now I want to pass the value of r(mean) to the egen command. Here the
commands and the error returned by Stata.

. sum BMI
. scalar meanbmi=r(mean)
. display meanbmi
. egen stdbmi=std(BMI), mean(meanbmi) std(1)
option mean() incorrectly specified

egen stdbmi=std(BMI), mean(`=meanbmi') std(1)

The trick is that meanbmi is the name of a scalar while the -mean()-
option expects a number. By surrounding that scalar name with " `= "
and " ' " you are forcing Stata to first evaluate the scalar name,
resulting in a number, which is exactly what the -mean()- option

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen
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