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Re: st: Problems with -merge


From   "Sergiy Radyakin" <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Problems with -merge
Date   Fri, 21 Mar 2008 16:51:24 -0400

Stata does not have cell alignment. If your data appears
right-aligned, this means that leading spaces were added. These spaces
are part of the "value" stored in the variable.

Regards,
   Sergiy Radyakin


On 3/21/08, bretm@afconnect.com <bretm@afconnect.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I need to match merge two datasets, one data is a subset of the other
> data at the individual level and contains with extra variable fields.
> The data read into STATA without issue, including attached labels. By
> all appearances and formats, the variables in question are similar
> across the datasets. However, when I match merge on the list of
> individual-episode identifiers, no merge occurs. I have tried
> combinations and ordering the match merge variables to no effect.  By
> the way, I do not get an error message. I just get _merge = 1 or 2 and
> not _merge = 3.
>
> The variables to match include: lastname, firstname, ssn, incidentdate
>
> I have read the manual and everything else I can find and nothing
> hints to me what may be wrong. Any suggestions. Is stata sensitive to
> left and right adjusted varables? Is there a problem if the data have
> been manipulated in Excel prior?
>
> Thank you for any help on this matter.
>
> BPM
>
>
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