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st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Can't Read "00020" as a Character in Stata?
Date   Wed, 29 Jun 2005 22:07:49 +0100

You must spell out that you want the id read 
as a string variable. The help includes examples. 

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> I encounter a data input problem in Stata. I have a fixed 
> format file, i.e., abc.raw, and there are ID numbers that I 
> would like to read them in character format. However, the way 
> the ID numbers are created makes it hard to do so. For 
> example, I have an ID is "00020", but Stata read it as "20". 
> Can anyone help me out here? I use "infix id 1-5 using ..." 
> but it does not work.

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