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


From   Jessie Grace <gracejessie@hotmail.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: why messy when importing a csv file?
Date   Thu, 6 May 2010 17:55:51 +0000

Steve, thank you for reply.
Maybe the most point is my data. I will check my data following the advice everyone gave.
 
Grace

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> Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 13:20:09 -0400
> Subject: Re: st: why messy when importing a csv file?
> From: sjsamuels@gmail.com
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>
> 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 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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