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# Re: st: Loop to replace values of a variable

 From Nick Cox To "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" Subject Re: st: Loop to replace values of a variable Date Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:49:34 +0000

```For -2.5(0.1)2.1 or -2.5(0.1)2.5, you can still divide integers by 10.
No loop needed as _n always gives you integers in sequence.

Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com

On 18 December 2013 13:44, emanuele mazzini <madsoenistata@gmail.com> wrote:
> Oh, yes, I see. Thank you very much for your answers, but I may have
> oversimplified, since what you said would fit in this case, as x is
> exactly = _n/10, but my problem is slightly more complex.
>
> What if the values I want to replace go from -2.5 to 2.15, still with
> a 0.1 interval? In this case I'd still need a loop, right?
>
> 2013/12/18 Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com>:
>> no need to loop:
>>
>> gen x = _n*.1
>>
>> Hope this helps,
>> Maarten
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM, emanuele mazzini
>>> Dear all statalist users,
>>>
>>> I would like to program a (relatively) simple loop to replace the
>>> values of a variable I created, but I cannot  figure it out how to
>>> write the syntax.
>>>
>>> The structure of my data is very simple:
>>> I have 300 observations and a variable, say x, that in the first cell
>>> (i.e. for n=1) is equal to 0.1, while it is missing for all other 299
>>> cells. Data look like:
>>>
>>> n     x
>>> 1    0.1
>>> 2     .
>>> 3     .
>>> 4     .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> 299  .
>>> 300  .
>>>
>>> I would like the loop to replace the missing values of my variable by
>>> going from cell 2 to cell 300, and to have a replace that would be at
>>> a 0.1 intervals, so as to obtain data that look like:
>>>
>>> n     x
>>> 1    0.1
>>> 2    0.2
>>> 3    0.3
>>> 4    0.4
>>> .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> .
>>> 299  29.9
>>> 300  30
>>>
>>> I can obviously do it by hand, but a loop would be naturally much more
>>> efficient!
>>> Does anyone know how to make it?
>>>
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>>
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