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RE: st: Changing missing values in string variable


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Changing missing values in string variable
Date   Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:18:41 +0200

<>

"(You claimed that missing values were represented by "."; it seems they 
are not)."


The missing value could be represented by the string ".", but this would be
Jason`s internal logic, and Stata would not view this string as "officially
missing":


***
clear*
set obs 1
gen mystrvar="."
codebook
***


HTH
Martin


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Philipp Rehm
Sent: Freitag, 18. Juni 2010 05:24
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Changing missing values in string variable

.
And how about this?

replace sector="OTHER" if sector==""

(You claimed that missing values were represented by "."; it seems they 
are not).

Ph

On 6/17/2010 11:15 PM, Jason Hecht wrote:
> It didn't work.  I got "0 real changes made." It looks like it just
> made blanks where there wer "."'s.
>
> On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:57 PM, Philipp Rehm<philipp.rehm@gmx.de>
wrote:
>> .
>> How about:
>>
>> replace sector="OTHER" if sector=="."
>>
>> HTH,
>> Ph
>>
>> On 6/17/2010 10:43 PM, Jason Hecht wrote:
>>>
>>> I have a string variable with abbreviations for different sectors
>>> (e.g., "CYC" for consumer cyclicals).  I want to change the "."'s to
>>> "OTHER."  Is there an easy "replace" or "recode" command to do this
>>> for a string variable?
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