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


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: why messy when importing a csv file?
Date   Thu, 6 May 2010 18:10:56 +0100

Three points: 

1. I don't think that this kind of behaviour can in any sense be
inferred or even guessed from your description "messy". Thus you wasted
your previous email, and the time anyone spent reading it and pondering
a reply. 

2. I copied your file fragment previously posted and did not get this
behaviour. 

3. You should inspect your file for strange characters using a decent
text editor or Stata's -hexdump- or Stata's -type-. Just because it is
called .csv doesn't mean that much. There could be other stuff in it
too. 

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

Jessie Grace

Neil,
the results are as follows. There are only one variable named v1 and 23
observations the number of which is not equal to my csv file. More, all
values of the observations are blank.
 
. list
     +----+
     | v1 |
     |----|
  1. |    |
  2. |    |
  3. |    |
  4. |    |
  5. |    |
     |----|
  6. |    |
  7. |    |
  8. |    |
  9. |    |
 10. |    |
     |----|
 11. |    |
 12. |    |
 13. |    |
 14. |    |
 15. |    |
     |----|
 16. |    |
 17. |    |
 18. |    |
 19. |    |
 20. |    |
     |----|
 21. |    |
 22. |    |
 23. |    |
     +----+

> From: nshephard@gmail.com
>
> 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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