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st: Data Loading Puzzle (Numeric values were forced into str9 format)


From   Nomorenook@netscape.net
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Data Loading Puzzle (Numeric values were forced into str9 format)
Date   Tue, 21 Jun 2005 10:17:14 -0400

Hello all,

I have encountered a puzzle and I hope you could shred some light on it.

I am trying to load a large dataset (40,000 obs) into STATA, using the INSHEET command. The original file is in CSV format. There is one variable has only numeric values. However, when I read the dataset into STATA, this variable is stored as "str9". I try looking through the dataset and I did not find any characters values in this variable. Could you please help me figure out how to read this variable into  "float" or any numeric format?

Thank you very much!!! I would greatly appreciate your help.



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