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Re: st: How to lengthen a number

From   Eric Booth <>
Subject   Re: st: How to lengthen a number
Date   Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:47:02 -0600


Use the 'fixed' format in Stata, e.g., 

sysuse auto, clear

keep price 
format price %06.0f
tostring price, gen(p_string_version) format(%06.0f)

**now there is a numeric "price" with leading zeros
**up to 6 digits; and there is a string version



Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
Office: +979.845.6754

On Feb 10, 2010, at 12:37 PM, Nathan Hutto wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have a numeric variable "x". Some of the values are 5 digits and
> others are 6 digits. I would like all of the values to be 6 digits, so
> I would like to add a zero to the beginning of the 5 digit values. I
> converted "x" to a string variable, created another string
> variable=="0" and added them together, but that didn't work. Anyone
> know how I can do this?
> thank you,
> Nathan
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