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Re: st: double precision after DBMSCopying from excel to stata


From   "Svend Juul" <SJ@SOCI.AU.DK>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: double precision after DBMSCopying from excel to stata
Date   Sat, 3 Sep 2005 17:10:56 +0200

Tewodaj wants to translate Excel data including numeric variables with 
more that 10 digits. I don't have DBMS/COPY, but with Stat/Transfer this 
works:

In Excel, highlight the column and select Format > Numbers. Now select text format. Stat/Transfer translates this to a string variable in Stata; I guess DBMS/COPY does the same.

If the long numbers are identification numbers, it might be wise to keep them as strings; then precision is not a problem. Otherwise:
   . generate double xnumber = real(xstring)

Hope this helps
Svend

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