# st: Re: a doubt about calculations in stata

 From "Martin Weiss" To Subject st: Re: a doubt about calculations in stata Date Fri, 6 Mar 2009 22:42:41 +0100

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For anyone who wants to recreate Rodrigo`s prob:

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clear*
input double LOTE TIPO FOLIO VIV R101
1400 3 17162 9 18
1 0 1 0 1
end
gen id2=LOTE*1000000000+TIPO*100000000+FOLIO*1000+VIV*100+R101*1
format id2 %17.0g
l
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You have to do the calculations in the spreadsheet software yourselves, naturally. I get the same discrepancy that Rodrigo observed, though. Must have something to do with -help data_types-
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HTH
Martin
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Rodrigo Briceño" <rjbriceno@gmail.com>
```To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 10:31 PM
Subject: st: a doubt about calculations in stata

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```Dear Statalisters. I'm using Stata 9 and I'm trying to generate a new
variable that will be used as an identification for further merging of
several databases.
The id will be based on the conjunction of 5 variables called: LOTE,
TIPO, FOLIO, VIV, R101.
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The larger and the lower values for each of these variables are shown below:
```1400, 3, 17162, 9, 18 and 1, 0, 1, 0, 1

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```From these values I build a formula, that applied in excel produced
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```the desired results:

gen id2=LOTE*1000000000+TIPO*100000000+FOLIO*1000+VIV*100+R101*1

in excel the results produced were:  1,400,317,162,918 for the case
with larger values and  1,000,001,001 for the case with lower values.
The thing is that when I applied the formula in Stata the results are
wrong. I thought that the error comes from the number of values shown
in stata, but after changing to format id %14.0f the results are still
wrong.
What I got for the case of minimum values is the following: 1,000,001,024

Does anybody knows what is possibly causing this mistake? Thanks for

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