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st: import long variable


From   Juan Ramón García López <jgarcia@fedea.es>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: import long variable
Date   Mon, 22 May 2006 13:37:38 +0200

Dear all,

I have a database in '.txt' format. My database has a 18-characters variable (idvar). When I try to pass it to '.dta' format, I write the
following dictionary:

-------------------------------
dictionary {
_column(1) double idvar %18f
....
}
-------------------------------

My problem is that Stata approximates the last numbers of 'idvar'. I already know that the problem could be solved importing the variable like "string". Do you know another way to solve this problem?

Thank you very much.
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