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st: Re: Controlling record length in ASCII file imports


From   Nathan Hutto <nathandavidhutto@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Re: Controlling record length in ASCII file imports
Date   Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:44:05 -0400

I am trying to import raw data from an ASCII file into Stata and am
failing. There should be about 800 observations, but I am importing
only 200 or so. I tried this using infix and writing a dictionary
file. I realized afterwards that the ASCII file is formatted poorly:
the data are not in nice, neat columns and each observation does not
start on a new line (i.e., observation 1 is on line one and
observation 2 begins at the end of observation 1 and perhaps wraps
around to line 2). I'm not quite sure of the most efficient way to
approach this, especially given that I have about 10 of these files
with about 800 observations each. It seems like I could manually put
each observation on a new line, but that would take a while. Is there
a way to specifiy record length? Or another option?

Thanks much,
Nathan
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