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Re: st: STATA cannot read a vlue of dataXY=.z_


From   Steven Samuels <sjhsamuels@earthlink.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: STATA cannot read a vlue of dataXY=.z_
Date   Tue, 25 Nov 2008 15:58:59 -0500

Read the variable in as string, convert the ".z_" to whatever missing value code you wish (not zero!); "gen newvar =real(oldvar)" to convert to numeric; and drop the original version.


On Nov 25, 2008, at 1:29 PM, pstock@rumms.uni-mannheim.de wrote:

STATA cannot read a vlue of dataXY=.z_

hello folks,

STATA cannot read some entries in a numeric variable with the value
.z_, which are recording errors in Compustat. Trying to convert them
to 0 was not possible as STATA somehow does not recognize these
entries. Any idea what that could be ?

Kind regards

Pascal

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