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AW: st: "Wrong" result with encode / merge ?

From   "Thomas Erdmann" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   AW: st: "Wrong" result with encode / merge ?
Date   Thu, 23 Nov 2006 22:34:48 +0100

Thanks for both your feedback. 
Seems like my first answer did not reach the list.
Obviously I overestimated what -encode- is doing.

- Tom

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Gesendet: Donnerstag, 23. November 2006 14:04
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Betreff: Re: st: "Wrong" result with encode / merge ?

Thomas Erdmann--
You should merge on id7temp, not id7, since when you -encode-, the
string id7temp is converted to numeric values, and the order of
assignment may differ across your two datasets (try -la li- to see the
assignment in each dataset).  If you want to use a numeric id, you can
generate one using a one-to-one mapping, using -gen- and a loop over
all possible characters, but it is more straightforward to merge on
the string var.

On 11/23/06, Thomas Erdmann <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a dataset with ids that look like: AT18679U (two strings followed
> 5 numbers, optionally followed by another string)
> Between the two datasets I would like to merge only the first 7 digits are
> equal, therefore I generated
> generate id7temp=substr(id,1,7)
> encode id7temp, gen(id7)
> sort id7
> and merged the two datasets by id7. When I quality checked the results
> were several mismatches, which don't seem to happen if I use the string id
> and not the encoded one. Why is that?
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