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st: RE: reading numbes with trailing minus sign


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: reading numbes with trailing minus sign
Date   Wed, 23 Feb 2005 17:03:22 -0000

I would read this in  as a string and then 

replace y = substr(y,-1,1) + substr(y,1,length(y)-1) if substr(y,-1,1) == "-" 
destring y, replace 

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

David Kantor
 
> Suppose I have raw data where minus signs are in a trailing 
> position. Thus, 
> for example, instead of
> -12, you have
> 12-
> 
> Is there a direct way to read this?   Or is there a program 
> out there to 
> handle it?  I can write code to handle it, but I just wonder 
> if there is 
> anything I'm overlooking or if someone already has done it.

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