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


From   Sara LaPlante
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Importing String Variables ruins access to variable categories
Date   Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:19:45 -0400

That worked!  I've never had to do that before, but what an easy fix.  Thank you!

On Sep 15, 2011, at 11:14 AM, Dimitriy V. Masterov wrote:

> 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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