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RE: st: destring, keeping leading zeros

From   "Nawar, Eric" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: destring, keeping leading zeros
Date   Tue, 5 Jul 2005 10:54:58 -0400

Because I was trying to figure out a way to put labels on this variable
(without creating an additional variable just for the label as was
suggested a few years back for a similar posting about putting labels on
string variables - we both are in a situation where we have thousands of
medical codes where we wanted to put labels...and 123 and 0123 are
different codes).  

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Svend Juul
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 10:36 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: st: destring, keeping leading zeros


You have a string variable which has the following distinct codes:


You want to make the variable numeric, but keep the leading zero
on the first code to keep them distinct.

You are asking for the impossible, I think: The numeric value of 123 and
0123 is the same. If you want to keep them distinct, why not keeping
them as stings?



Svend Juul
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(Institute of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology)
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DK-8000 Aarhus C,  Denmark 
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