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Re: st: why messy when importing a csv file?

From   Neil Shephard <>
Subject   Re: st: why messy when importing a csv file?
Date   Thu, 6 May 2010 16:51:24 +0000

On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM, Jessie Grace <> wrote:
> Dear statalists,
> I have a .csv file, which consists of the following.
> Stkcd,Accper,A001101000
> 000002,"1999-06-30",468010960.13
> 000002,"2002-09-30",1166858479.70
> 000002,"2000-01-01",772831829.15
> 000002,"2000-06-30",911966043.54
> 000002,"2000-12-31",995745160.05
> 000002,"2009-03-31",26921921879.80
> 000002,"1997-06-30",0
> 000002,"1991-12-31",88628783.34
> 000002,"1992-12-31",204653478.04
> 000003,"1998-12-31",120946052.36
> The first row contains variables names. The characteristic of the file is the contents of each row are in the same cell.
> No matter I typed "insheet using firms.csv" or "insheet using firms.csv,comma", the importing results are messy.

What does "messy" look like?  If you could -list- the data and copy
and paste it to the list then...

> Could anyone tell me why and how to solve?

...this might be more achievable, otherwise its just guessing.


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from year to year, and in all circumstances, he rejects hypotheses; he
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