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st: RE: ss# imports as scientific notation
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In this case, the question evidently concerns U.S.
Social Security numbers, knowing which helps a bit
in understanding the question.
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> For some reason when I was importing a comma delimited dataset into
> Stata it converted all of the SS# info into scientific notation. The
> #'s weren't in standard ss# format (999-99-9999) but unformatted
> (999999999), so the end result was 9.99e+08. Currently the filed is
> in %10.0g format - is there a way to convert these back to a non
> numeric field?
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