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st: tostring for large double type variables?


From   Paul Burkander <paul@burkander.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: tostring for large double type variables?
Date   Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:11:56 -0400

 I'm appending files over multiple years where the variable type
changes over time.  I have a variable that's a long string of numbers
(about 45 numbers) in some years, but which is stored as double in
other years.  I'd like to be able to store the variable as either a
string or double in the appended file, but I can't figure out a way to
use the tostring command that doesn't truncate the double variable.

 Is there an easy way to preserve the information and string the variable?

 Thanks,
 Paul

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