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st: Data conversion


From   Hugo Fontan Köhler <hkohler75@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Data conversion
Date   Wed, 23 May 2012 10:49:04 -0300

Dear Statalisters,

I have a database with (originally in bDase format, convertd to xls in
Excel and imported in Stata) with a string variable in the format Ia,
Ib, and so on. I want to convert this variable in a numeric one. I
tried to generate a new variable with missing values (generate pZ=.)
and use replace (replace pZ = 1 if Z="1"), but I always get a type
mismatch error (r109). I managed to convert strings to dates but I
can't convert to numbers.
I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks,

Hugo
hkohler75@gmail.com
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