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st: Help with destring

From   "Donald Spady" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Help with destring
Date   Tue, 10 Jul 2007 10:32:41 -0600

I have data that are string data and want to convert them to numeric.  I
would expect destring to do this but it doesn't.  For example, here is a
  tab Worker_Type

worker 	Freq.	Percent	Cum.

Administration	12	9.16	9.16
Allied	44	33.59	42.75
Attending	26	19.85	62.60
Clerk	9	6.87	69.47
Med Student	17	12.98	82.44
Resident/Fellow	23	17.56	100.00

Total	131	100.00

The values are all strings.
When I do
Destring worker, generate(nworker)
I get the message
destring worker, gen(nworker)
worker contains nonnumeric characters; no generate
r; t=0.02 10:31:13

It seems to me that if I want to convert a string, that implicitly means
there are nonnumeric characters.  What am I doing wrong?  I am using

Many thanks in advance.

Don Spady

Donald W Spady MD, MSc
Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences
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