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st: Format of numeric results


From   "Axel Heitmueller" <A.Heitmueller@hw.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Format of numeric results
Date   Sat, 26 Oct 2002 14:06:52 +0100

Hi there,

got stuck with a seemingly simple problem. Tried to generate a 
variable using existing variables in the data set and a couple of 
arithmetic operations. However, manual double checks reveal that 
stata comes up the wrong result. Because the results are fairly 
large (the width is 12) I tried all kinds of formats but failed to get the 
right results. I wonder if there is any global command that changes 
the way stata deals with large numbers?

the code is 
gen	x=(((z*1000000000)+y)*10)+d-910 
where z, y, and d are variables in the data set (y is large and none 
of the variables has got digits).

Axel

Axel Heitmueller, 
Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, CERT
School of Management
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh
EH14 4AS
UK
phone +44(0)131 451 3969
fax +44 (0)131 451 3296
a.heitmueller@hw.ac.uk
www.som.hw.ac.uk/somah3/
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