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

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st: RE: encode question |

Date |
Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:53:51 -0000 |

The question is evidently about string variables that mistakenly were read in as numeric. Thus -destring-, not -encode-, is the answer. Also, as Austin's suggestion makes plain, you don't need to code for a loop over variables or the overwriting of existing variables, as -destring- will do that for you. Arina's problem is already written up as two FAQs: FAQ How can I quickly convert many string variables to numeric variables? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UCLA Academic Technology Services 7/08 <http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/faq/destring.htm> FAQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Numeric variables input as string 2/02 Stata is reading in my variables as string, whereas they should be numeric. What should I do? <http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/data/allstring.html> If you wished to -encode- several variables simultaneously -- and _also_ wanted the same set of value labels -- that is handled by -multencode- on SSC, as discussed on this list last month. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Austin Nichols destring _all, replace Arina Viseth I have a dataset that I imported from Excel using insheet. However, many numerical variables (I have about 200 variables) are now showed as string variables. My question is the following: how can I transform each string variable into numerical one - and also replicate their names - without having to encode manually each one of them? * * 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**:**st: AW: RE: encode question***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

**References**:**st: encode question***From:*Arina Viseth <arina@UDel.Edu>

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