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From |
Anna Reimondos <areimondos@gmail.com> |

To |
statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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

Date |
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:43:40 +1100 |

Thanks for the tip about filefilter. Will definitely use that! I have finally discovered what is happening I think. As mentioned I am working with occupation coding. *Long answer Each respondent is manually coded based on what they described their occupation to be in an open text question. As there are 2000+ cases, I have tried to streamline the procedure by first working from an excel spreadsheet. The excel spreadsheet has a column for the id of the respondent, another couple of columns with the occupation description. Finally there is a column for the ANZSCO code which I am filling in. The code is derived by searching for occupations on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website. For example I search for a 'massage therapist' and find that the code is 411611. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/1220.0~First+Edition,+Revision+1~Chapter~UNIT+GROUP+4116+Massage+Therapists I am selecting and copying the code directly from the website. Sometimes I am accidentaly also copying a space after the numbers. Afterwards in Excel I use concatenate to create a list of commands, e.g. replace anzscovariable=411611 if id==6 etc. Because the space after the massage therapist code is now also getting incorporated getting copied this is what is creating the problem. *Short answer I am copying numbers from the web, pasting them into excel, generating the commands, and then pasting them into a do-file and thus probably introducing the bad characters in the process. Cheers Anna On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 4:57 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote: > > I believe you, but I see nothing different. I guess that others will > see what you see if and only if their mailer behaves like yours. > > But the more tools there are to spot this kind of thing, the better. > Laura is signalling that your mailer may make odd characters evident. > The same is true of many good text editors. > > Nick > > On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:14 PM, Laura Gibbons > <gibbonsl@u.washington.edu> wrote: > > I know the problem has been solved, but I just wanted to note that in my > > DOS-based email client, the problem is obvious (see how it displays below). > > > > > > On Tue, 16 Oct 2012, Anna Reimondos wrote: > > > >> Hello statalisters, > >> 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. > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/resources/statalist-faq/ > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/resources/statalist-faq/ * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

**References**:**st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)***From:*Anna Reimondos <areimondos@gmail.com>

**Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)***From:*Laura Gibbons <gibbonsl@u.washington.edu>

**Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

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