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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 20:52:46 -0400

Thank you so much! I was so close - I keep trying to add "$" in different places and it does not work :(


"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> 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
>
>Nick 
>n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 
>
>Nomorenook@netscape.net
> 
>> 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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