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st: Decimal precision, again


From   "SJ Friederich, Economics" <S.Friederich@bristol.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Decimal precision, again
Date   Fri, 25 Jul 2003 16:34:05 +0100

Dear listers,

Yes, it's about that old favourite of this List, the storage type/decimal precision issue, which keeps popping up here so regularly and under so many different guises. In spite of several clarifying messages by Bill Gould over the years, I can't claim that I understand all aspects this.

Say I made a mistake in -insheet-ing some data (or, ahem, just because the "double" option of -insheet- didn't work well until recently) and I think a particular variable appearing as a float in my data should really be there with double precision.

Re-processing this data from scratch would represent a tremendous drag. Would outsheeting the Stata dataset and re-insheeting it using the "double" option fix this unambiguously? (I would think so but it just seems too simple)

Many thanks for any comments.

Sylvain

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Sylvain Friederich
Department of Economics, University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TN
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Fax +44(0)117 928-8577


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