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st: Extended missing values from -destring-


From   Bert Jung <bjung59@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Extended missing values from -destring-
Date   Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:08:51 -0400

Dear Statalisters,

I have a string variable that contains mostly numbers but also
informative missing values like "dk" and "na".  I would like to
-destring- but retain the
cause for the missing values, i.e. produce extended missing values
such as .d and .n where appropriate.  -destring- apparently only
accommodates the system missing value ".".

I could write a few lines (e.g. copy into a second variable and then
replace) but wondered if there is a one-line way to coax -destring-
into producing these extended missing values?

Thanks,
Bert
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