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Re: st: problems with merging datasets


From   "Friedrich Huebler" <fhuebler@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: problems with merging datasets
Date   Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:32:02 -0400

Murali,

Can you show us excerpts from the two datasets with observations that
you believe should match?

Friedrich

On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM, Murali Kuchibhotla
<muralik@iastate.edu> wrote:
> Hello All,
>          I am trying to merge 2 datasets using 2 different combinations of
> identifying variables, all of which are in the string format.When I first
> merge using hs_cd state and zip, I get a reasonably good match, with all but
> 33 observations matched between the 2(out of a total of about 1800).However,
> when I redo the merge using hs_cd state zip and city, the merge completely
> fails-not a single obs. is matched b/w the 2.Now, I have checked the city
> variable in both datasets for common errors and have been unable to find any
> mistakes-both city variables are in capital letters and there exist many
> cities with common spellings across both datasets. Can someone please tell me
> what I am missing?
>
> Murali Kuchibhotla
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