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st: Variable format


From   Cinzia Rienzo <C.Rienzo@rhul.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Variable format
Date   Thu, 5 Jun 2008 17:15:20 +0100 (BST)

Dear Statlisters,

i wonder if you could help to solve this:

I am generating a new variable but STATA does not allow me to do that i 
think becasue of the format of the variable "nato":

g continents= nato
replace continents=1 if nato==42 
type mismatch


format  nato if year==1994

  variable name  display format
  -----------------------------
  nato          %9s
  -----------------------------

while i suspect the format should be  %8g? Correct? 

I would appreciate any suggestions/help.

Best

Cinzia

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