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Re: st: RE: Reading a tab-delimited text file; version 8.2
Thanks Nick. I suspect that any non-numeric characters would be
'#NULL' for missing data.
On 1/4/06, Nick Cox <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From this example, you could just read
> them in as numeric anyway, and then pad with
> leading zeros.
> sysuse auto
> tostring mpg, format(%04.0f) gen(s_mpg)
> This won't work if there are non-numeric
> characters in the variables concerned.
> Joe McCrary
> > I've got a number of tab-delimited text files that I'm reading into
> > STATA 8.2 using insheet. The problem I'm having is that the first 3
> > variables need to be read is as text, not numeric. Here is one line of
> > data:
> > 86309 0060 010051000229 0 84 69 66
> > 48 69 75 84 78 87 81 75
> > 63 69
> > In looking over the infile/dictionary commands, it appears that I
> > cannot specify a delimeter in the dictionary file.
> > Could someone please tell me how to read those first 3 in as strings?
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