### Wednesday, March 08, 2006

## Re: st: creating unique identifier values

At 09:06 PM 3/8/2006, you wrote: >No idea why you would want to do it, but it's easy with -forval- > >clear > set obs `=26*35' > g x=. > g a=. > g i=. > local n=1 >forv i=1/26 { > forv a=1/35 { > qui replace x=`i'`a' in `n' > qui replace i=`i' in `n' > qui replace a=`a' in `n' > local n=`n'+1 > } >}

Austin beat me to it. My solution was

clear set obs 910 gen id = 0 local casenum = 0 forval i = 1/26 { forval j = 1/35 { local casenum = `casenum' + 1 if `j' < 10 { quietly replace id = `i' * 10 + `j' in `casenum' } else { quietly replace id = `i' * 100 + `j' in `casenum' } } }

BUT, are you sure you want to do it this way??? Note that you DO NOT get unique ids this way. For example, 211 shows up twice - once with case 2, attribute 11, and again with case 21, attribute 1. Where I have `i' * 10 above, I would make it `i' * 100 (The code could be simplified further, of course). i.e. make it 100* subject number + attribute number.

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