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RE: st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
Sorry I was not clear before. Suppose I have the following file in fixed format:
I am trying to read column 1-5 in charater format, so that I have variables in Stata memory as follows:
The problem is that when I use "infix ID 1-5 Sale 6-10", I have the following because Stata treat:
"Nick Cox" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>You must spell out that you want the id read
>as a string variable. The help includes examples.
>> 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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