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Re: st: Importing String Variables ruins access to variable categories


From   "Dimitriy V. Masterov" <dvmaster@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Importing String Variables ruins access to variable categories
Date   Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:14:01 -0400

Try using quotes fix this, like this:

table male if nation=="england"


DVM

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Sara LaPlante
wrote:
> 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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