# st: more bizarre missing observations

 From KRISTIEN VERHEYEN <[email protected]> To "'[email protected]'" <[email protected]> Subject st: more bizarre missing observations Date Thu, 9 Oct 2003 12:43:25 +0100

```I have a similar problem to Robert's in that I know for sure there are
missing data for a particular variable ('canter') but if I type

tab canter if canter==.

I am told there are 'no observations'

canter is stored as float but following Neil's suggestion still gives me 'no
observations'. Please can anyone tell me how I find out exactly how many
missing values there are?
Thank you,

Kristien Verheyen
PhD student

Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 16:10:42 +0100
From: "Neil Shephard" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: st: bizarre missing observations

> I am having problem with a variable (refdate)  It is a continuous
> measure of the date of first college enrollment.  The coding scheme is
>YEAR.PROPORTION OF YEAR.  For example 1992.5 means that the student
> enrolled in college in June of 1992, 1992.58 means the student
> enrolled in college in July of 1992, 1992.67 means the student
> enrolled in college in August of 1992, and so forth.
>
> When I have STATA run a frequency distribution (tab refdate), it tells
> me that I have 6,268 observations who enrolled in 1992.67
>
> However, when I run the command:
> tab refdate if refdate == 1992.67
> STATA tells me that there are 'no observations'
>
> How could that be if in the frequency distribution there are 6,268
> cases?
>
This sounds like something I've been bitten by before.

Check the storage type of refdate....

des refdate

Its most probably stored as a float, in which case you need to use
the float function when evaluating your expression, so

tab refdate if refdate == float(1992.67)

should do it.

HTH

Neil

Neil Shephard
Genetics Statistician
ARC Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester
[email protected]
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