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Re: st: destring command


From   Abu Camara <abucamara@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: destring command
Date   Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:08:39 +0300

Nick,

Without the ignore option destring won't work for these string variables.
It has worked for me in cases where (--) does not exist.
Abu.

v13
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
2,605.11
-1.388
-3.301
n/a
n/a


On 24 September 2011 12:02, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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-- 
Best Wishes,

Abu Camara

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