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RE: st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
You were perfectly clear before
and I indicated the solution. Here
it is again:
"You must spell out that you want the id read
as a string variable. The help includes examples."
In your example,
infix str ID 1-5 Sale 6-10 using abc.raw
> 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:
> 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
> "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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