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Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)


From   "Justina Fischer" <JAVFischer@gmx.de>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)
Date   Tue, 16 Oct 2012 02:49:38 +0200

This happened also to me quite often and Nick's explanation was right in my case (e.g. a space or the other sign do not see but that corrupts your commands in the do-file).

The eseaiest way to overcome this problem is to avoid copying command lines, but to write them by hand instead each time.

Justina


-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 01:09:52 +0100
> Von: Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)

> I can't reproduce your problem. However, if your do-file or command
> lines are corrupted by strange characters such as char(160) -- recall
> the previous thread you started -- you might get some very odd
> messages about invalid names. Use -hexdump- on a file containing
> commands.
> 
> Also, you are using a -float- to contain large integers. That's bound
> to run into problems sooner or later, but not with the example values
> given here.
> 
> .  clear
> 
> .  set obs 3
> obs was 0, now 3
> 
> .  gen var1=.
> (3 missing values generated)
> 
> .  replace var1=121312 if _n==1
> (1 real change made)
> 
> .  replace var1=121314 if _n==2
> (1 real change made)
> 
> .  replace var1=121313 if _n==3
> (1 real change made)
> 
> On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM, Anna Reimondos <areimondos@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > I am currently coding occupations of respondents in a survey to the
> > Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
> > (ANZSCO).
> > A rather odd thing is happening where I am able to assign the ANZSCO
> > code in some cases, but not others!
> >
> >
> > For example in the code below there is no problem assigning the value
> > 121312 to case 1, and no problem assigning the value 121314 to case 2.
> > However for case 3 who I want to give the code 121313 the code returns
> > an error message '121313 invalid name' r(198).
> >
> > clear
> > set obs 3
> > gen var1=.
> > replace var1=121312 if _n==1
> > replace var1=121314 if _n==2
> >
> > replace var1=121313 if _n==3  //Problem
> >
> > The problem is not just with 121313, but it also does not seem to like
> > 254499, 323112 and 821311 among others.
> > I don't understand what is happening!
> >
> > I am using Stata 12.1, but have also tried this in 11.2 and get the
> > same error code.
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