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RE: st: Help with destring

From   "Donald Spady" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Help with destring
Date   Tue, 10 Jul 2007 11:39:33 -0600

much recently and forgot all about it.

Many thanks.

Don Spady

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Joseph Coveney
Sent: July 10, 2007 11:31 AM
To: Statalist
Subject: Re: st: Help with destring

Donald Spady wrote:

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


Roughly stated, -destring- converts string numerals into numerical data.
It's not clear what you're expecting the numerical data version of worker to
be, but it seems as if you want something like -encode-.

Joseph Coveney

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