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st: -infile using- variables in rows?


From   David Clinton Musselwhite <dcm49@cornell.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: -infile using- variables in rows?
Date   Sun, 1 Jun 2008 11:56:41 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Listers,

((Sorry if this is a repeat e-mail -- I attempted to send it Friday
evening and it doesn't show up on the archives, but something weird may be
happening.))

I'm trying to read in a massive amount of files that are dirty in Excel
format and don't come out clearly using StatTransfer. I think the best way
to approach them is -infile using-, as they're of fixed format and I can
specify what to do with them. The only problem is that the variables are
rows, not columns. I tried writing a dictionary using _row(#) instead of
_column(#), but I keep getting errors (see below) and am wondering why
this is invalid. And if so, what on earth can I do to automate the read-in
process, as cleaning up each Excel file by hand would take prohibitively
long?

--snip from data set--
                  0-10 employees     10-24 employees     25-99 employees
varlabel1  description1  #                  #                   #
varlabel2  description2  #                  #                   #
--end snip--

--attempted dictionary--
dictionary using
"U:\User10\kis6\Datasets\MEPSIC\MEPSICdata\Alabama1996_II.csv" {
_row(6)
( invalid name
dictionary invalid
r(614);
--end attempted dictionary--

There are 58 row variables and 7 column cases (each of which is separated
by a column...I don't know who designed this format, but I'd like to
introduce them to usability).

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated,
David

-- 
David Musselwhite
BS Candidate '10
Industrial and Labor Relations, Law and Society
Cornell University


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