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st: re: destring var, replace dpcomma


From   Kit Baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: re: destring var, replace dpcomma
Date   Sun, 20 Apr 2008 16:03:50 -0400

Olga writes

My data contains comma's as decimal points.
It looks like:

RMR EV T
5,48 6,1 12,7
6,13 6 12,7

I want to destring it and replace comma with a period.


As Olga is coming from a part of the world where that is proper numeric punctuation, she should try

set dp period

and see what happens. For instance, if I (with an Anglo-American version of Stata) do

set dp comma


    Variable |       Obs        Mean    Std. Dev.       Min        Max
-------------+--------------------------------------------------------
        make |         0
       price |        74    6165,257    2949,496       3291      15906
         mpg |        74     21,2973    5,785503         12         41
       rep78 |        69    3,405797    ,9899323          1          5
    headroom |        74    2,993243    ,8459948        1,5          5


I see commas where I am accustomed to see periods (full stops).


Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:
http://www.stata-press.com/books/imeus.html


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