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# Re: st: How to convert number format

 From Nick Cox To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: How to convert number format Date Fri, 4 Nov 2011 07:16:15 +0000

```Whatever solution you use note that two decimal digits can only be
held approximately in most cases. -search precision- for much more
details of the consequences of using binary representations.

Nick

On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:52 AM, James Sams <sams.james@gmail.com> wrote:
> Given the variable is called v2, i think this will do the trick. Only tested
> with positive numbers.
>
> replace v2 = v2/10^(floor(log10(v2))-2) if v2 >= 1000
>
> --
> James Sams
> sams.james@gmail.com
>
> On Thursday, November 03, 2011, you wrote:
>> HI ,
>>
>> I apologize for the asking this question
>>
>> I have a list of numbers as observations for a variable like
>>
>> 20
>> 43
>> 200
>> 298
>> 888
>> 4619
>> 5311
>> 5312
>> 20210
>> 20218
>>
>> How do I convert the numbers more than 3 digits(> 999) to have decimal
>> after the third digit , i.e., Convert  4619 -->461.9;convert 5311-->531.1;
>> 20210-->201.10;20218-->202.18 and leave the two digit and three digit
>> numbers as they are i.e., leave 20,43,298 etc as they are

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