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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 13:27:07 +0300

Nick,

Many thanks.
 I applied your suggestion but this is the error I keep getting.

. destring v13, gen(yr1983) ignore(, n/a )
v13 contains characters not specified in ignore(); no generate
Abu.

On 24 September 2011 12:20, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> The problem is not in using -ignore()-. You are asking -destring- to
> ignore a character you want. So, don't do that.
>
> From your evidence, you need -ignore(, n/a)-
>
> Nick
>
> On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Abu Camara <abucamara@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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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