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


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
Date   Thu, 30 Jun 2005 02:03:01 +0100

I am glad your problem is now solved. I have no 
idea why you were trying to use $ here. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Nomorenook@netscape.net
 
> 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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