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st: recast question


From   buddyb <buddyb_99@yahoo.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: recast question
Date   Wed, 21 Jun 2006 19:12:16 -0700 (PDT)

Hi everyone,

I have another simple question.  I've checked all that
STATA manuals, and have read up on recast, but I am
still having problems.  When I imported my data, STATA
defaulted a string variable to str80 - so it cut off
some of my responses.  I wanted to change the storage
type to str200. I've used this command:

. recast str100  q5mtype

q5mtype:  str100 invalid
r(109);


While Stata will allow me to decrease the size (i.e. I
could type: . recast str79 q5mtype, and it will accept
me, but it will not allow me to increase the str size.
 Any ideas?

Thanks,
Buddy


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