```Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 19:56:22 -0600 Reply-To: "Matheson, David" Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" From: "Matheson, David" Subject: Re: Combining Variables Comments: To: Sheril Smith Sheril, To be of much help, we would need to know how you want multiracial responses to be coded. Suppose codes 1-8 correspond to yes responses to only 1 of the 8 variables. There are 28 possible biracial responses. Would you want these to occupy codes 9-36 on the new ethnicity variable? Perhaps with a code 37 for 3 or more ethnic groups checked? This set of codes is only 1 possible scenario. Another scenario would be forced choice of 1 of the ethnic groups chosen, but then you'd have to provide a basis for that choice. Also, note that if the variable is to be used for descriptive purposes, such as cross-tabulation without inferential statistics, you may be able to get the information you want from the MULT RESPONSE procedure. The original 8 variables could be declared as a multiple dichotomy set. You would likely want to use cases, rather than responses, as the percentage base. David Matheson SPSS Technical Support -----Original Message----- From: Sheril Smith [mailto:iresrs@LANGATE.GSU.EDU] Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 1999 11:02 AM To: SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU Subject: Combining Variables Hi All, I'm new to this list, so forgive me if this question has been previously asked. I have a data set from a questionnaire that we recently sent out. One question asked about race/ethnicity of respondents. Respondents were able to check more than one category as they saw fit, thus each racial category became it's own separate variable. I'm now trying to combine all eight racial categories into one variable, so that I'll end up with one variable, 'ethicity', rather than 'white', 'black', 'asian', 'hispanic', etc. Does anyone know how I might accomplish this task? **************************************************************************** **************************************************************************** **** Sheril R. Smith Doctoral Student Research Analyst I Office of Institutional Research Georgia State University (404) 651-1075 ```

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