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RE: st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
Thank you so much! I was so close - I keep trying to add "$" in different places and it does not work :(
"Nick Cox" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>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" <email@example.com> 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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