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Re: st: space trouble in excel to stata conversion

From   Neil Shephard <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: space trouble in excel to stata conversion
Date   Fri, 03 Oct 2008 11:54:02 +0100

Ashim Kapoor wrote:
> Hey I have to add something.
> This time I use the data file in excel, save it as xml , now I copy
> and paste from XML to Stata and VOILA! the annoying spaces are GONE!!!
> Any tips / words of wisdom ?
Perhaps trying out some of the suggestions that others have made such as...
>>> On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM, Johannes Geyer <[email protected]> wrote:
>>>>> That is a solution for Stata->Excel, but Ashim asked about Excel->Stata.
>>>> I
>>>>> tried to replicate his problem, and it did not happen to me... Anything
>>>>> special about that string variable that we should know about, Ashim?
>>>> Have
>>>>> you tried to -insheet- instead of pasting?

I too would highly recommend using -insheet- to read your Excel file. 
You need to save it as an ASCII text-file and the easiest format from
within Excel is to save it as a Comma-Separated Variables file (file
extension *.csv).  Then you can -insheet using [your filename], clear
comma- and you shouldn't have the 'annoying spaces'.

Another alternative would be to use Stat/Transfer (see  ), but the -insheet-
approach is very simple and will (should) work.


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