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Re: st: destring command


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: destring command
Date   Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:02:31 +0100

Your problem is self-inflicted. As you are instructing -destring- to
ignore "-", all negative signs are stripped.

Nick

On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM, Abu Camara <abucamara@gmail.com> wrote:

> I am trying the following command to destring variables in the
> IMF weo data just released. I imported it to Stata but all variables
> become string.
> When I use Stata's destring command, values that are negative becomes
> positive,i.e  lose the negative sign.
> Any help would be appreciated. A loop to do this task at once will
> also be appreciated.
>
> Command: destring v13, gen(yr1983) ignore(, n/a -- )

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