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Re: st: Problem with "insheet using" command

From   "Michael I. Lichter" <>
Subject   Re: st: Problem with "insheet using" command
Date   Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:50:33 -0400


If Stata was reading your numeric and non-numeric data as strings, you'd still have observations. Unless you give us an idea of what your data looks like, we're probably not going to be able to help. Be sure to check that there is no file header other than variable names (and consider using the -names- option), with no blank lines. Also, it's possible that Stata will be confused if the file doesn't have the proper line endings -- it's probably assuming CR-LF in Windows. You might try opening the file in Excel and saving it again as a plain text file. You didn't get any error messages, right?


Jason Hecht wrote:
I used the following command to import data from an Excel spreadsheet:

insheet using "c:\my documents\y98.csv", comma

However, when I use the describe command to check my summary
statistics I get "O" for the number of observations.  My guess is that
all my data is being read in as strings (the spreadsheet has columns
with numbers and and columns with letters).
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