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st: RE: Stata dictionary file


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Stata dictionary file
Date   Thu, 23 Jun 2005 18:11:51 +0100

I am not clear what the question is here. 

Sometimes your dictionary files are 
valid and sometimes they are invalid. 
Only by looking at the dictionary 
files themselves can more be said. 

The main point is that the dictionary 
structure is rather strict and does 
not really permit much variation 
from the patterns specified. 

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of
> wying1@umbc.edu
> Sent: 23 June 2005 16:46
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: Stata dictionary file
> 
> 
> Dear listusers,
> 
> I am using Stata 8. I am trying to to read the raw data files into the
> Stata format. The extration files include the .dct and .do file
> seperately.  I have changed all the correspondent file directories.  I
> deleted some contents in both the .dct and .do files.
> 
> However, an error messag, e"dictionary invalid", kept 
> bothering me.  This
> error message occured sometimes, and sometiems not.
> 
> I orginally thought maybe making changes on the .dct file has 
> changed the
> file format.  But not sure about this.  I cannot identify the 
> reasons. 
> Can anybody give me a clue?
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks a lot,
> Ying
> 
> 
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