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st: RE: Coping with strings longer than 80 variables


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Coping with strings longer than 80 variables
Date   Mon, 4 Aug 2003 10:01:38 +0100

Jolene Skordis
> 
> I have a dataset containing open ended questions that were 
> captured verbatim.  As a result, when I try to open the 
> dataset I keep getting an error message saying "data 
> contains strings longer than 80 characters".  Given that I 
> can't even get the dataset open and running, what can I do 
> about this string variable?

As the version of Stata you are using won't allow 
string variables longer than 80 characters, you 
will need to use a version of Stata which does, 
or fix this outside Stata. 

I don't think there is another Stata solution, except 
possibly by writing a program using -file-. 

Some other possibilities are 

* doing something in whatever generated this to split 
or shorten your variables  

* fixing this with Stat-Transfer or DBMS/Copy 

* writing a script in Perl, Python or some other
scripting language 

* fixing the problem in a text editor. 

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

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