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From   "NEYMOTIN, FLORENCE" <neymotin@calmail.berkeley.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: question on datatypes
Date   Wed, 19 Oct 2005 22:09:05 -0700

Hello, I have a question, I have variables that are coded in as 2-3 digits and 6 decimal places after that, e.g. 150.089873 and I want to convert this to get rid of the decimal places so it looks like 150089873 but when I just multiply by 1000000 then it keeps storing it as a "float" display i.e. 1.5E8 and more than that, the last decimal places are actually INCORRECT in the new version...it will say 1.50089875 instead...which is INCORRECT. I am using Stata 8 and that is where this problem occurs. I was wondering what the easiest way is to change datatypes that something is input in so that it will not be a problem.
Thanks,
florence
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