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Re: st: String variables over 244 in a dataset with two delimiters

From   Ronan Conroy <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: String variables over 244 in a dataset with two delimiters
Date   Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:30:25 +0100

You may have to invest in Stata/SE. See -help limits-

That said, you might copy the column from a spreadsheet editor and paste it into a separate text file, then read up the variable with a semicolon delimiter as a series of variables, then merge with your dataset. 

Why do people do this to us???


On 2011 MFómh 19, at 12:46, Ozimek, Adam wrote:

> Statalisters, 
> I have a dataset that is tab delimited, and one of the variables is a string that can be over 244 characters. If I read this using insheet, or inputst, or I think anything else, it truncates this variable. However, there is an aspect of the string variable that I hope will let me get around this: it is delimited by semicolon. Is there a way to select one of the columns in a tab delimited dataset, and read in by parsing it as semi-colon delimited? Is there some otherway to rescue the long variable without the truncation?

Ronán Conroy
Associate Professor
Division of Population Health Sciences
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Beaux Lane House
Dublin 2

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