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st: Re: no observations

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   st: Re: no observations
Date   Tue, 18 May 2004 21:19:36 +0100

At 16:02 18/05/04 -0400, cheryl wrote:


Hoping someone can help with the following problem:
Followed these directions to get my data into Stata
1. How do I get information from Excel into Stata?
Using your Windows or Macintosh computer,
Start Excel.
Enter data in rows and columns OR read in a previously-saved file.
Highlight the data of interest, then pull down Edit and choose
Start Stata and enter the data editor (type edit once Stata is
Paste data into editor by pulling down Edit and choosing Paste

Minor problem that saving is not an option from the pull-down
menu, so I clicked on the disk.

Now here is the real problem:
 . edit
 (32 vars, 50 obs pasted into editor)
 - preserve

 . save "C:\Documents and Settings\Cheryl Spinner\Cheryl Spinner\My
file C:\Documents and Settings\Cheryl Spinner\Cheryl Spinner\My
Documents\Columbia\Thesis\usnwr3.dta saved
 . reg overallscore endowment
 no observations

If 50 obs are pasted in, how come there are no observations?
All my data except for headers are numeric values.

What am I doing wrong and what do I need to do?
I suspect that Stata thinks that either overallscore or endowment is a string variable. Before typing reg, type


and Stata will list the variables it thinks it has. If the type of a variable begins with "str", then Stata has read it as a string variable, and not a numeric variable. This sometimes happens if you have typed in non-numeric characters in a numeric field.

Hope this helps.


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Department of Public Health Sciences
King's College London
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