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Re: st: RE: error converting shape file to dataset


From   Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: error converting shape file to dataset
Date   Wed, 4 Aug 2010 14:16:32 -0400

See also:

http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2008-08/msg01341.html

On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 1:58 PM, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
>
> <>
> Sounds like you have not fully -adoupdate-d your -shp2dta- (user-written
> from ssc)? Most of the time, the answer lies in incomplete updates, see,
> e.g., http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2009-01/msg00784.html
>
>
> HTH
> Martin
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Amer Hasan
> Sent: Mittwoch, 4. August 2010 19:49
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: error converting shape file to dataset
>
> Dear statalist:
>
> Please forgive any missteps on my part as this is my first post.
>
> I am using Stata SE 10.1 to convert a shape file to a stata dataset. I
> have used this command multiple times in the past with very few
> problems. I am currently trying two procedures to draw the map I am
> interested in:
>
> Procedure 1. I have a shapefile of the world showing level 1
> administrative regions and need to draw a map of only south america. I
> can convert this shapefile without problems and from the resulting
> stata dataset, I can limit myself to the relevant countries. However,
> the resulting map takes ages to draw - (even with a machine running
> stata 11 - quad core).
>
> Procedure 2. As a result of how slow procedure 1 was, I asked someone
> with access to ArcGIS to give me a shapefile only of South America -
> again the key thing being the shape file showed the sub-regions of
> these countries. When I try and convert this shapefile I receive the
> following error:
>
> Stata/SE 10.1 for Windows
> Born 10 Jun 2010
>
> . shp2dta using "C:\Users\wb292605\Desktop\Files\Maps
> LAC\gadmin_sam\gadmin_sam.shp", replace data(sam-data) coor(sam-coor)
> genid(id) genc(center)
>
>             st_addvar():  3300  argument out of range
>              read_dbf():     -  function returned error
>                 <istmt>:     -  function returned error
>
> r(3300);
>
> Despite the error corresponding data and coordinates datasets do get
> produced - but they do not appear complete.
>
> Which leads me to my two questions:
>
> 1. Can someone guide me if they have had similar issues when working
> with shapefiles. I fear this may be less of a Stata issue and more of
> an ArcGIS issue but hopefully someone can set me straight.
>
> 2. If I am forced to go with the first procedure is there a way to
> make the map drawing faster?
>
> many thanks
> amer

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