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


From   Nomorenook@netscape.net
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   RE: st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
Date   Wed, 29 Jun 2005 20:08:42 -0400

Sorry I was not clear before. Suppose I have the following file in fixed format:

000201234
000305678
000402345
000502321

I am trying to read column 1-5 in charater format, so that I have variables in Stata memory as follows: 

ID    Sale
00020 1234
00030 5678
00040 2345
00050 2321

The problem is that when I use "infix ID 1-5 Sale 6-10", I have the following because Stata treat:

ID Sale
20 1234
30 5678
40 2345
50 2321

Thoughts?


"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:

>You must spell out that you want the id read 
>as a string variable. The help includes examples. 
>
>Nick 
>n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 
>
>Nomorenook@netscape.net
> 
>> 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.
>> 
>
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