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"Hau Chyi" <hauchyi@gmail.com> |

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st: -infix- problem? |

Date |
Tue, 13 May 2008 03:46:54 -0500 |

Dear Stata users: I've downloaded several variables from the SIPP (Study of Income and Program Participation), and realized there seems to be a problem with the -infix- command, which I hope can be illustrated by the following example. Here is only one observation with one variable, which looks like below in the asc file. 1234567890123456 This is the SSUID, the survey unit id of each individual. If you save this into a asc file as, say "d:\documents\test\test.asc" , and run the following lines: infix SSUID 1-16 using "d:\documents\test\test.asc"; format SSUID %16.0f; and then: -list SSUID- The variable Stata reads is: +------------------+ | SSUID | |------------------| 1. | 1234567948140544 | +------------------+ It's completely wrong! I realize this after discovering some families I generated from SSUID (and other family identifyers) have more than 100 kids!! The problem disappears when I do -infix double SSUID 1-16 using ... - In other words, the precision -infix- chooses automatically is wrong. Is this a bug of infix or some memory allocation error of my computer? No matter what, I recommend if you are infixing variables with more than 10 digits, you'd better check the ascii file to see if it's truly correct. Thanks for calrifying. I'd also like to add that reading all the questions and answers posted on the list has improved my own knowledge to Stata tremendously. Hau > test.asc is a file of 10 individuals; and the .do file is machine generated file by the SIPP to infix them into Stata. > > The last variable of each individual is SSUID (at position 12654 - 12666) , the survey unit id. > Tthe raw file indicates SSUID for the first six individuals to be: > 019003754630 > 019003754630 > 019003754630 > 019003754630 > 019003754630 > 019033358630 > > But after using the do file provided by SIPP website to -infix- them, the first 6 observations of the SSUID variable becomes: > SSUID > 19003754496 > 19003754496 > 19003754496 > 19003754496 > 19003754496 > 19033358336 > > I've noticed that if I do -infix double SSUID- rather than -infix SSUID-, the problem will be fixed. Is this a bug of Stata or my computer? I've checked this problem on Stata 9 and Stata 10MP on PC. > > Thanks for calrifying. I'd also like to add that reading all the questions has improved my own knowledge to Stata tremendously! > > Hau > -- Hau Chyi, Assistant Professor of Economics The Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) Xiamen University http://hauchyi.googlepages.com * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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