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David Kantor <kantor.d@att.net> |

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Re: st: data type question |

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 16:40:59 -0500 |

At 04:01 PM 2/18/2009, Rike wrote:

when using "compress" to free up room in the memory, i see that some variables have their data types changed from byte to float. When I look at stata's help file for data types however, it says that "byte" takes up 1 byte, while "float" takes up 4 bytes. My questions: 1) why is it that stata changes data types from byte to float when float is supposed to take up more space? 2) In order to free up space, is it better to manually set the variable to "byte" when I generate them? (rather than compressing, that is)

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