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RE: st: Re: Skipping Lines When Reading Raw Data

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Re: Skipping Lines When Reading Raw Data
Date   Fri, 30 Sep 2005 16:55:41 +0100

Note that your code can be telescoped to 

drop if mi(rnd_date - frm_first_date) 


Alan Neustadtl
> When reading in the data, Stata read does read an "extra" 16
> observations for each dataset.  So, both Friedrich's and Nick's
> solutions work very well.
> The data contain eight contiguous date variables as well, and it is
> impossible for all eight to be missing (at least one has to be
> non-missing).
> So, while less elegant, the following also works in my 
> particular application:
> gen x=1 if  rnd_date- frm_first_date==.;
> drop if x==1;
> drop x;

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