Wednesday, March 01, 2006

st: Re: assigning household characteristics to an individual with missing values

Marilyn,

Out of curiosity, what kind of data has households in which everyone is either a father, mother, son, or daughter? What if there is no father or more than one father in a household? Wouldn't it be more precise if you had a variable that actually identifies the household head, which may be simply the person listed first in each household?

Friedrich Huebler

--- "Ms. Marilyn Ibarra" <ibarra@uga.edu> wrote: > I have the following: > > Household ID Relationship Remits > 1 father 1 > 1 mother 1 > 1 son 1 > 2 father . > 2 mother . > 2 son . > 3 father 0 > 3 mother 0 > 3 daughter 1 > > I would like to create a Remit_hh varible that tells me if > the head of household (we can assume it is always father for > this simple example) receives remittances. Remits takes on > the value of 1 when the person receives and zero if they do > not receive. > > I tried the following: > > generate remits_hh=remits if relationship==father > by hhid: replace remits_hh=sum(remits_hh) > > It creates a problem where there are missing values, it > places a 0. I guess I can then say: > > replace remits_hh=remits if remits==. > > but is there a better way to get at this than having to do > the third command to all my variables that have missing > values. > > Marilyn.

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