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st: recoding "long" variable to text

From   Marcos Feldman <>
Subject   st: recoding "long" variable to text
Date   Sun, 6 May 2007 14:29:30 -0700 (PDT)

Dear stata users, 

can anyone help me figure this out? i am trying to create a new variable based on an existing variable containing zoning codes. i actually have two variables with the zoning codes, one is string format another is long format. the codes (values) in both look like this: 0001, 0004, 0072, 9001, etc. I want to replace these codes with their descriptors, e.g., convert 0001 to "single-family residential," and so on. 

thus far stata has not allowed me to recode either string or long variables into "text".

for example, for the long variable "PRI_ZONE" i used the command, 
    recode test ("0002"="MULTIFAMILY DUPLEX") ("0100"="SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE").... [many more such commands...]
but the response was "unknown el MULTIFAMILY DUPLEX in rule"
is recoding into text not allowed? have i just written the rules incorrectly? is there some other way to accomplish this transformation?


Marcos Feldman
Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy
Florida International University
University Park LC 308
Miami, FL 33199

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