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Re: st: creating a text file with a specific format


From   Michael Eisenberg <meisenberg713@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: creating a text file with a specific format
Date   Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:51:12 -0800

Thanks Nick.  It was a general question.

One problem with converting to a string that I have is that when I
attempt to convert a social security number or any other numbers into
a string, it truncates any leading zero's.

tostring ssn, gen(ssnstr)

Thanks.

Mike



On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
> Is this a general question, or a specific question about Austin Nichols' -outfixt-?
>
> In general: Convert to string first.
>
> Nick
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>
> Michael Eisenberg
>
> Thanks so much.
>
> Is there a way to replace missing values with no characters rather than a "." ?
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 7:05 AM, Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Michael Eisenberg <meisenberg713@gmail.com>:
>> replace lastname=substr(lastname,1,20)
>> *etc, then:
>> ssc install outfixt
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Michael Eisenberg
>> <meisenberg713@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Colleagues,
>>>
>>> I have to prepare a file for a linkage project, and I’m hoping stata can assist.
>>>
>>> Currently my data is in a stata data file.
>>>
>>> The linkage company requires a set format of data in a plain text format.
>>>
>>> The format assumes 100 characters per line. Where () represents which
>>> line characters are assigned to a given field.   If a variable has
>>> more characters than the designated number of characters, it is to be
>>> truncated
>>>
>>> (1-20) LAST NAME
>>> (21-35) FIRST NAME
>>> (36) MIDDLE INITIAL
>>> (37-45) SSN
>>> (46-47) MONTH OF BIRTH
>>> (48-49) DAY OF BIRTH
>>> (50-53) YEAR OF BIRTH
>>>
>>> The data currently looks like this
>>>
>>> Lastname  firstname  middlename   SSN           MonOB   DaOB    YrOB
>>> Smith   John             Thomas 122342789            01 04              1947
>>> Jones   Craig   Harvey  600656785            10 24              1957
>>> Stata           Jim             Smith   423456751            12 06              1970
>>> Johnson Mike            Thomas  056445671     01        16              1971
>>>
>>> Can Stata perform such a transformation?  If not, are there other
>>> programs that could be recommended.
>
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