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


From   Steve Samuels <sjsamuels@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: why messy when importing a csv file?
Date   Thu, 6 May 2010 13:16:15 -0400

On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:10 PM, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
> 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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