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st: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?


From   Nomorenook@netscape.net
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
Date   Wed, 29 Jun 2005 17:03:30 -0400

Hello all,

I encounter a data input problem in Stata. I have a fixed format file, i.e., abc.raw, and there are ID numbers that I would like to read them in character format. However, the way the ID numbers are created makes it hard to do so. For example, I have an ID is "00020", but Stata read it as "20". Can anyone help me out here? I use "infix id 1-5 using ..." but it does not work.

My second question is whether there is a way to use "infix" command more efficiently, given that fact that I have 241 variables. In SAS, I can do "input var1 $10. var2 $10. ..." In Stata, however, it seems that I have to specify the columns. Can I do anything similar to SAS in Stata by only specifying the format of the variable and Stata will figure out the column position?

Thanks a million! I would greatly appreciate your help!!!


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