more than one way to do something…

This blog post is about stubbornness and a lesson learned anew.

Without getting into the gory details, I was working on an assignment to use a dataset to identify whenever an individual received any of a series of medical procedures or diagnoses using four and five digit medical codes. I started writing the command file optimistic that I would be done in a few hours.  Since the variables  were in text format I had to type in each possible code for a procedure, but about an hour in I realized that there were hundreds if not thousands of codes to enter. Here is where I made my fatal mistake. I didn’t ask my advisors for help. Instead I spent over 12 hours trying to manually enter all of these codes.

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Still Going

Apologies for the hiatus, I’ve spent the last few weeks immersed in data and at the beach, with little time for blogging either way.  This means, of course, that it’s time for another data update!

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