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Re: st: string variable

From   "Austin Nichols" <>
Subject   Re: st: string variable
Date   Mon, 12 Nov 2007 19:24:02 -0500

You can make a numeric id with

egen g=group(id)

and then you can try adding labels with

ssc inst labutil
labmask g, val(id)

or perhaps

gen numid=real(id)
gen strid=id if mi(numid)
egen g=group(strid)
su numid
replace g=r(max)+g
ssc inst labutil
labmask g, val(id)

to cut down on the label creation.

On Nov 12, 2007 4:41 PM,  <> wrote:
> Dear statalist,
>   I want to convert a string variables(type:  T0274K0VH550101) in
> numeric.  I try to use the commands destring and encode, but with the
> first I din't have any result, while with the second I have this error:
>   encode codind, gen(id)
> too many values
> r(134);
>   with destring I have
>   destring codind, generate(id) force
> codind contains non-numeric characters; id generated as byte
> (128147 missing values generated)
> exist  another solution?
> thanks in advance for your help.
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