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st: Infile stops reading dataset
Has anyone ever had infile stop reading a dataset part way through a
file for no apparent reason?
I have tested the dictionaries and the data reads in correctly for the
first 3534 lines of the file, and then stops (there are 778,429 lines in
the file -- it is hierarchical).
When I try reading a different section of the file after line 3534, by
specifying _firstlineoffile() Stata reads in no observations.
The problem occurs under both Unix and Windows, and does not appear to
be related to carriage returns or odd characters in the file.
Because the dataset is quite large, and the problem appears someway into
the file I have put them on the web
(http://users.pop.umn.edu/~eroberts/no1875/) for anyone who wishes to
take a look. I have just excerpted 10000 lines of the file to reduce the
file size. An aside for anyone who does look at the
programs/dictionaries -- although most variables are (meant to be)
numeric we are reading them as strings specifically to see if there are
alpha characters in the data mistakenly.
Many thanks for whatever help people can provide
Minnesota Population Center and Department of History
University of Minnesota
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