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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 13:20:09 -0400

Sorry for the blank.  I agree with Nick that there are problems with
the csv file. You also will need a "double" option, because of the the
26 billion dollar  entry

insheet using firms.csv, double
format a001101000 %20.2fc


Steve

> 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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>
>
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18 Cantine's Island
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USA
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