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st: DTA File Format
I'm hoping someone on this list can help me.
I have just purchased a data set from a data provider, in DTA format. I am
not a STATA user, so I need some help interpreting it.
I wish to load the data up into a MySQL database. However, I do not
understand how to interpret the DTA file. Most of the rows are fine, I
understand them fully. But when a respondent has a multiple answer to a
particular question, a * is put there and there are some extra characters at
the end of the line. See below for an example. Look at the third row:
710001 1 27
710001 * 9* 9* 952 111314120000001000060
710001 1 222
710001 4 211111102 2522221 12 1 800
All I need from you is how to interpret these additional characters.
(^?@L@L@L). I understand these interpret the *'s but I don't know how cannot
get further from there.
Any help would be appreciated, on- or off-line.
Amnon Melzer (reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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