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RE: st: RE: about the missing values

From   "Martin Weiss" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: RE: about the missing values
Date   Sat, 17 Oct 2009 17:46:55 +0200


You are obsessed with that "professor" thing, but maybe it means different
things to different people...

What is " stata transfer", though? Do you mean you transferred with built-in
commands, or via Stat/Transfer?

You are right about the empty boxes for strings, I totally forgot about

My recollection of Excel is a little hazy, but "#N/A" sounds more like an
error than a missing - although there can of course be overlap between the


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of amatoallah ouchen
Sent: Samstag, 17. Oktober 2009 17:35
Subject: Re: st: RE: about the missing values

Professor Martin, thanks a lot for your quick answer,

in fact I've used stata transfer to transfer a data set from an excel
spreed sheet to  a stata format,

the format of my  missing values on the  excel spreed sheet  are #N/A.

When I've transformed them to stata, sometimes I'get the "." and
others just   complet empty boxes.

perhaps the problems in on the format of the variables, when I'm
getting the "." the format is byte but  the problem appears when the
format is string

any hints?

thanks a lot in advance.
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