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AW: AW: AW: st: AW: problem with the generate command


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   AW: AW: AW: st: AW: problem with the generate command
Date   Tue, 3 Mar 2009 16:18:19 +0100

<> 

Good call, but still gives me " h3 contains nonnumeric characters; no
generate" for the -destring- line. Maybe Isabell`s data are not easily
transferred between bodies of email messages and applications, so any
difference in success between us may be entirely due to differences in the
initial dataset. As attachments are prohibited on the list, it is hard to
see how to overcome this problem...


HTH
Martin


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Steven Samuels
Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. März 2009 16:12
An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Betreff: Re: AW: AW: st: AW: problem with the generate command



How about:


*************************************************
clear
insheet country healthinit health using d01.txt, names tab
des
list
gen h3= trim(regexr(healthinit,"\.\.","."))
destring h3, gen(h)
sum h health

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-Steve

On Mar 3, 2009, at 8:54 AM, Martin Weiss wrote:

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> Isabell`s data are weird, though. I have tried several approaches  
> to make
> the "healthinit" numeric, and have not managed in Stata. -trim()-  
> should
> kill the blanks surrounding the numbers in "healthinit" (so that - 
> destring-
> can work on these data) but does not. The only thing that got them  
> to behave
> well was to clean the data with a plug-in for a well-known spreadsheet
> application.
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> HTH
> Martin
>
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> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von
> Isabelle.Roux@ehess.fr
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. März 2009 14:21
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: Re: AW: st: AW: problem with the generate command
>
> Dear all,
>
> Thank you very much for this helpful advice.
> Stata refuses to replace .. by a blank. I type:
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> *******
> replace healthinit="" if "healthinit"==..
>
> ******
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> I have:"nothing found where name expected".
> If I try:*replace healthinit="" if healthinit==".."*, it does not work
> better. Is there a problem with my command?
>
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> Then when I write:
> **
> encode healthinit, gen(H)
> ta H
> ta H, nolabel
> generate health=1.06*H
>
> **
> I have the same resultas for health
>
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>> After your -encode- command, type
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>> *************
>> ta H
>> ta H, nolabel
>> *************
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>> and note the difference. -destring- is your command of choice, and  
>> pay
>> attention to Eva`s remark for the missings.
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>> HTH
>> Martin
>>
>>
>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>> Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von
>> Isabelle.Roux@ehess.fr
>> Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. März 2009 12:29
>> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> Betreff: Re: st: AW: problem with the generate command
>>
>> Dear Martin,
>> Thank you very much for all your help since the beginning I use  
>> Stata.
>> Here are my data (just the beginning!):
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>> country	     healthinit	H	 health
>>  Afghanistan	13.00 	13.00 	 23.32
>>  Albania  	116.00 	116.00 	 16.96
>>  Algeria	     76.00 	76.00 	 169.6
>>  American Samoa	..  	..  	 1.06
>>  Andorra	      1922.17 	1922.17 	 54.06
>>  Angola	     24.00 	24.00 	72.08
>>  Antigua and Barbuda	492.00 	492.00 	138.86
>>  Argentina	283.00 	283.00 	89.04
>>  Armenia	      53.00 	53.00 	145.22
>>  Aruba	      ..  	..  	1.06
>>
>> Healthinit is the health expenditure per capita in current  
>> dollars. It is
>> a string variable. It comes from the wdi database. As I want them in
>> euros, and that the exchange rate is 1.06 (year is 2003), I wrote to
>> stata:
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>> encode healthinit, gen(H)
>> generate health=1.06*H
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>> H is a long variable.
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>> Danke schön für die Helfe!
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>>> <>
>>>
>>> A bug in -generate- would be weird indeed. Give an excerpt of  
>>> your data,
>>> and
>>> show us exactly what you typed and what Stata made of it...
>>>
>>> HTH
>>> Martin
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>>> Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>>> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von
>>> Isabelle.Roux@ehess.fr
>>> Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. März 2009 10:08
>>> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>>> Betreff: st: problem with the generate command
>>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>>
>>> I have a health expenditure variable in current dollars, called  
>>> H. It is
>>> a
>>> numeric variable ("long"). I called it "H". I want to convert it in
>>> euros,
>>> e.g to multiply by 1,6 so I write in my do-file:
>>> "gen health=1.6*H"
>>> I am very surprised because the results are wrong. It is very  
>>> strange.
>>> For
>>> instance:
>>> H=13.00   and  Health=23.32 (first observation)
>>> or: H=116.00 and Health=16.96 (2d one)
>>> or: H=76.00 and Health=169.6
>>>
>>> Thank you very much for help
>>> Best regards
>>>
>>> Isabelle
>>>
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