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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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<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. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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