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st: reshape error: "quarter contains all missing values" ?

From   Mark Manger <>
Subject   st: reshape error: "quarter contains all missing values" ?
Date   Tue, 21 Aug 2007 20:50:08 -0400


I have a straightforward data file that I want to convert into something appropriate for a panel. An excerpt:

ISO valq1_1984 valq2_1984 valq3_1984
AFG 0 0 2
ALB 0 0 4
DZA 4 5 2

Variables types are str and int, unsurprisingly. All I wanted to do was:

reshape long val, i(ISO) j(quarter)

and I get the error "quarter contains all missing values" Huh? I think I've done this a thousand times already and never got this error. I suspect STATA doesn't like the variable names for the quarters, because v2 v3 v4 works fine. What can I do to avoid this problem?


Mark S. Manger, PhD
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Department of Political Science
McGill University
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