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st: RE: Re: string variables


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Re: string variables
Date   Thu, 5 Dec 2002 11:36:00 -0000

As footnotes to my previous reply to Katsuhide Isa

> > I have a problem with string variables.
> > While converting CSV data into dta data using Stata 
> > Transfer, several integer variables were accidentally 
> > converted into string ones(as they happen to contain 
> > no response, it might be a cause)
> > These string variables can't be used with such 
> > commands as -generate-, -rename-, or -forvalues-, 
> > which causes some trouble in the subsequent data 
> > manipulation. 
> > So, my questions are following:
> 
> > 1.Why does this kind of phenomenon occur in Stata 
> > Transfer?

I presume you mean "Stat Transfer". By the way, 
it is not correct that string variables can't 
be used with -generate- or -rename- or -forvalues-, 
it just depends what you are trying to do. 

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