Sunday, February 19, 2006

st: Hello all in statland

Can anyone help me with this problem. I'm trying to convert an alpha character to numbers in a stata data base that I have. here is an example.

> > . tab qes5 > > do you have > any fears > riding at > night? 1. > yes 2. no > 8. no > answer Freq. Percent Cum. > > na 26 24.76 24.76 > na 78 74.29 99.05 > 8 1 0.95 100.00 > > Total 105 100.00

Notice that I want to replace na with number that are appropriate. I have used "real" before but when I try to use it now, it comes back with an error message.

Here is what I"ve used:

. gen qes5r = real(qes5) type mismatch r(109);

I know that the underlying numbers associated with these na's is correct but I can't get them to be listed in the stata output.

. sum qes5

Variable | Obs Mean Std. Dev. Min Max -------------+-------------------------------------------------------- qes5 | 105 1.809524 .7480132 1 8

Thanks in advance for any help here.

jon ebeling

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