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st: Importing String Variables ruins access to variable categories


From   Sara LaPlante
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Importing String Variables ruins access to variable categories
Date   Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:09:13 -0400

Hi,

I am trying to import data into Stata 11 from a Mac.  I have access to a PC, but it only has Stata 8.  I emailed myself the data file as a .csv and was able to open the data with one problem- something is wrong with all my string variables.  For example, when I try to find out what the gender distribution is only for people from England, I type in the following and get the following error message:

table male if nation==england
yemen not found
r(111);

However, this command works fine for any numerical data.  In the example above, England is not just a label.  That is, nation is not coded as japan=1, england=2, etc.  Because I can type in the following command and get the same error message:

table male if nation==england
type mismatch
r(109);

Is there a way to fix this on my Excel file?  I would like to avoid manually recoding all my string variables into numerical values.  Any help would be appreciated!
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