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Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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

Date |
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:59:33 +0100 |

That's good news, as it rules out even more bizarre fancies on what may be happening. A clean-up command that should serve to protect yourself is replace mystr = trim(subinstr(mystr, char(160), " ", .)) Another approach is to put the occupation codes into a Stata dataset, clean them once and for all, and use an approach akin to that explained in FAQ . . . . . . . . . . . Defining group characteristics to create subsets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. F. Baum 12/01 How do you efficiently define group characteristics in your data in order to create subsets? http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/data/characteristics.html Nick On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM, Anna Reimondos <areimondos@gmail.com> wrote: > 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. > > 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/

**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>

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

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