How to select cases for multiple answer conditions within one variable

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Kees135
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How to select cases for multiple answer conditions within one variable

Postby Kees135 » Wed May 20, 2015 2:56 pm

Hello all,

I am currently writing my grad thesis and would like some help. For drawing certain conclusions, I have now realised that the way in which I posed the answer possibilities are not optimal for analyzing my data. I am researching behaviour of job searchers on the labour market, and one of my splitting variables is a persons' employment status.

When I asked for their employment status, I gave the respondents the following answer categories:

1. I am currently employed, but I'm also actively looking for a new job.
2. I am currently employed, and I'm not looking for a new job
3. I am currently employed, and I'm not looking for a new job but I'm open to good opportunities
4. I am currently unemployed, and I'm looking for a new job
5. I am currently unemployed, but I'm not looking for a new job

I know the basics of how to select cases, and have used this frequently. However, what I now want is to only select respondents who have answer either 1 OR 3 OR 4. So that is not all three of them, but any one of the three. A simple V10 <=4 will not do here because that will include answer category 2. I hope any of you can give me an answer on which symbols to use when filling out the conditions that need to be met.

Much obliged,

Kees
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Re: How to select cases for multiple answer conditions within one variable

Postby GerineL » Thu May 21, 2015 1:32 pm

use the | sign to indicate OR.

Code: Select all

variable1 = 1   | variable1 = 3 variable1 = 4

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