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st: RE: RE: Conversion to Hexadecimal


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: RE: Conversion to Hexadecimal
Date   Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:38:11 +0100

Guillermo Cruces

> I just want to make clear why I prefer a string id over a
> numerical id.
> While I can store it as a long or double with no precision problems,
> I've had some difficulties with some operations. For instance, I
> sometimes need to egen - concat (say, "household id" and
> "person number"
> to get "perdon id") and I've had "rounding" problems with that, and
> being a number I cannot gen strX pid=hid+pernumber...

Please show an example. I don't see how this can happen
if you follow the golden rule that numeric ids be held
as integers.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

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