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Re: st: Data Entry

From   "[ISO-8859-1] Eduardo Palencia Herrej´┐Żn" <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Data Entry
Date   Wed, 6 Aug 2008 20:37:54 +0200

You are probably right, Nick, but when data must be introduced by a
couple of persons, as is the case, direct data entry into the same
Stata file becomes problematic. I think the best solution could be a
friendly form (Access? Epidata?), checking the data at its entry, and
saving it in a file to be imported to Stata using a do file.

The data I need to analize are quite simple: most of them are daily
counts of activity in an ICU.

More help would be welcomed.
Best regards,


Eduardo Palencia Herrej´┐Żn
Jefe de Servicio de Medicina Intensiva
Hospital "Infanta Leonor", Madrid
C/ Gran v´┐Ża del Este, 80
28031 Madrid
Tfno: +34619204428
Fax: +34911919099
[email protected]

2008/8/5 Nick Cox <[email protected]>:
> First off, "data entry" may not mean exactly the same to all.
> Does that mean that you -- or someone else -- is typing data directly
> into a program?
> (i.e. data do not already exist as some file or files)
> Does that mean that data values are checked at time of input and users
> are prompted immediately for unacceptable values? If the latter, then
> you may well need something outside Stata.
> Otherwise, my position on this on this is eccentric: I like using Stata
> for data entry into Stata. I then have no problems of file readability,
> conversion, etc.
> A simple example is trying to re-create problems mentioned on Statalist
> with example data that people give in their postings. Some combination
> of data editor, do-file editor, and -split- usually gets their examples
> into Stata without undue effort.
> Nick
> [email protected]

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