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From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Re:
Date   Wed, 28 Sep 2005 17:50:28 +0100

The safer option here is -destring-. -real()- 
is dangerous if your ids are not all what you think 
they should be. 

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

clinton.thompson@summitllc.us
 
> one suggestion:  the variables need to be consistent in terms of
> characater vs. numeric.  i suggest you make both variables 
> numeric; you
> can change the character one to numeric via -destring- or the string
> function -real- (see appropriate help files).  of course, if you have
> leading zeros in your character variable, you may need to do some
> additional manipulation.  

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