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Re: st: String variables over 244 in a dataset with two delimiters


From   Billy Schwartz <wkschwartz@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: String variables over 244 in a dataset with two delimiters
Date   Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:39:59 -0400

Yes, the semicolon will help.

filefilter "`old_file'" "`new_file'", from(;) to(\t)
insheet using "`new_file'", tab

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Ozimek, Adam <Ozimek@econsult.com> wrote:
>
> Ronan,
>
> I believe all versions of Stata have the 244 length limit for a string. Also, for my purposes I need to be able to do the entire thing within Stata, so I can't use a spreadsheet editor.
>
> Adam
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Ronan Conroy
> Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 10:30 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: String variables over 244 in a dataset with two delimiters
>
> You may have to invest in Stata/SE. See -help limits-
>
> That said, you might copy the column from a spreadsheet editor and paste it into a separate text file, then read up the variable with a semicolon delimiter as a series of variables, then merge with your dataset.
>
> Why do people do this to us???
>
> r
>
>
> On 2011 MFómh 19, at 12:46, Ozimek, Adam wrote:
>
> > Statalisters,
> >
> > I have a dataset that is tab delimited, and one of the variables is a string that can be over 244 characters. If I read this using insheet, or inputst, or I think anything else, it truncates this variable. However, there is an aspect of the string variable that I hope will let me get around this: it is delimited by semicolon. Is there a way to select one of the columns in a tab delimited dataset, and read in by parsing it as semi-colon delimited? Is there some otherway to rescue the long variable without the truncation?
>
> Ronán Conroy
> rconroy@rcsi.ie
> Associate Professor
> Division of Population Health Sciences
> Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
> Beaux Lane House
> Dublin 2
>
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