# Stata or R – How to create dynamic variables in R?

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As we dig deeper into Stata or R debate, a few questions have come up.

We can rewrite it as-is using for loops in R, which is slow and not elegant. What’s the elegant way to write this in R? I haven’t used plyr yet… Time to learn it?

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**Question 1**: One of the things Stata does well is the way it constructs new variables (see example below). How to do this in R?We can rewrite it as-is using for loops in R, which is slow and not elegant. What’s the elegant way to write this in R? I haven’t used plyr yet… Time to learn it?

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