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RE: AW: st: RE: sort on month


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: AW: st: RE: sort on month
Date   Tue, 8 Sep 2009 16:07:07 +0100

David is quite correct, as far as the default of -encode- is concerned. 

The most puzzling question not yet answered is why -destring- would not
oblige in this case. I think the questioner has some bad stuff lurking
in their data. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

David Kantor

At 09:35 AM 9/8/2009, Martin Weiss wrote:

>-encode- is the wrong tool, as it assigns numeric codes arbitrarily.
[...]

I believe it is not arbitrary. It works, apparently (in Stata 10), on 
alphabetic order, which would yield the same result as the string
version.


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