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st: inputting string variables in comma-separated files


From   Rebecca Kalmus <kalmus@fas.harvard.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: inputting string variables in comma-separated files
Date   Tue, 18 May 2004 14:36:16 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Stata users,

When inputting a comma-separated file using infile or insheet, how can I
force Stata to read a variable as string?  I have a variable that Stata
automatically reads as numeric, but contains leading zeros that are lost
when read as numberic.  I'd like to force Stata to read this variable as
string instead.

Thanks,

Rebecca Kalmus
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