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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: How to label the value 999999999999 |

Date |
Wed, 8 Oct 2008 10:58:26 +0100 |

No; this is backward. It's the argument that is problematic, not the result. The possible length of the value label, i.e. a string, is not biting here. It is the fact that you are dealing with a large integer, on which more is said elsewhere. The refusal of -tostring- to produce a string variable in your example is easy to explain. -tostring- is a wrapper for -string(<real argument>, "<format>")- with several safety checks and constraints. The format defaults to %12.0g. Some experiments show that you need a different format for the conversion of 9...9 (12 digits) to be reversible. . di string(999999999999, "%12.0g") 1.00000e+12 . di string(999999999999, "%13.0g") 1.000000e+12 . di string(999999999999, "%14.0g") 999999999999 So, -tostring- will work as desired here so long as a suitable -format()- is specified. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Caleb Southworth That's right. You cannot have a label that long. So: . tostring var, g(var2) var cannot be converted reversibly; no generate . tostring var, g(var2) force var2 generated as str11 var2 was forced to string; some loss of information Perhaps -mvdecode- would be the way to go. So: mvdecode var, mv(999999999999) then, to use codebook or whatever, mvencode var, mv(999999999999) * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: How to label the value 999999999999***From:*Caleb Southworth <caleb@uoregon.edu>

**References**:**st: How to label the value 999999999999***From:*"Friedrich Huebler" <fhuebler@gmail.com>

**Re: st: How to label the value 999999999999***From:*Caleb Southworth <caleb@uoregon.edu>

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