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st: RE: DTA File Format


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: DTA File Format
Date   Mon, 1 Dec 2003 14:31:44 -0000

to non-Stata users. I don't know if it answers
your specific question.

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

Amnon Melzer
>
> 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  494949
> 032
> 710001                                                1
>          27
> 036
> 710001  *        9*        9*        952
> 111314120000001000060
> 038^?@L@L@L
> 710001  1
>        222
> 00240039
> 710001  4  211111102     2522221   12   1 800
> 040
> ...
>
> 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.

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