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RE: st: How to label the value 999999999999

From   "Lachenbruch, Peter" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: How to label the value 999999999999
Date   Wed, 8 Oct 2008 08:34:13 -0700

Since you want to keep the 9999999999, one option would be to copy this
variable into another one and then encode the missing value in that one.
Do your analyses on that variable.  If your client really wants only
that variable then you have both.  You probably should document whatever
you do with a notes: comment and also in your data manual.


Peter A. Lachenbruch
Department of Public Health
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-737-3832
FAX: 541-737-4001

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Sergiy
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: st: How to label the value 999999999999

Dear Friedrich

Stata does not allow having labels defined for floating-point values.
Value 999999999999 is stored as a fp value.
Hence there is no way to have a value 999999999999 with a label in

This is possible in SPSS, since it allows labeling any 8 bytes of data.

In Stata only integers and extended missings may have labels, but not
FP-values or strings.

I would suggest you replace 999999999999 with, say -9999 and have a
label define m -9999 "[999999999999] no response"

or save the original 999999999999 value somewhere in the _notes_

Regards, Sergiy Radyakin

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:02 PM, Caleb Southworth <>
> That's right. You cannot have a label that long. So:
> . tostring var, g(var2)
> var cannot be converted reversibly; no generate
> . tostring var, g(var2) force
> var2 generated as str11
> var2 was forced to string; some loss of information
> Perhaps -mvdecode- would be the way to go. So:
> mvdecode var, mv(999999999999)
> then, to use codebook or whatever,
> mvencode var, mv(999999999999)
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