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st: Re: ss# imports as scientific notation

From   "Michael Blasnik" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Re: ss# imports as scientific notation
Date   Mon, 07 Mar 2005 13:16:04 -0500

I would first try:

format ssn %9.0f

The problem may just be the display format. If you find that you've lost precision (in the last digit) and it is stored as a float, you could try the double option to insheet.

Michael Blasnik
[email protected]

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robin Newberry" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 1:11 PM
Subject: st: ss# imports as scientific notation

For some reason when I was importing a comma delimited dataset into Stata it converted all of the SS# info into scientific notation. The #'s weren't in standard ss# format (999-99-9999) but unformatted (999999999), so the end result was 9.99e+08. Currently the filed is in %10.0g format - is there a way to convert these back to a non numeric field?
W. Robert Newberry, IV CIH, CHMM
Chief Environmental Health and Safety Officer
Clemson University
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