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st: storage type problem


From   "Kostova Deliana (HXX1DAK)" <HXX1DAK@ups.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: storage type problem
Date   Fri, 28 Feb 2003 10:44:25 -0500

Hi everyone-

I ran into the following small problem that, I think, has to do with storage
types, but I'm not sure how to solve it...

Suppose we want to calculate the product of -.1796042 and 4.752947, so we
type:
display -.1796042^4.752947
and we get
-.00028563

However, if we have variable X= -.1796042 and variable Y=4.752947, and we
type
gen Z=X*Y, Stata will generate Z=. even though Z should be -.00028563.  

I know this has to do with storage types, so i tried
gen double Z=X*Y, but this still produces a missing variable...

thanks a lot!

Deliana










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