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st: format

From   Chiara Mussida <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: format
Date   Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:42:29 +0200

dear all,
i have a string variable of 18 lenght. This is my id and i need it
numerical. I proceeded with destring and i got a numerical variable in
double format. I tried to get it in the format %18.0f, but i realised
that stata does not maintain the original number. It approx each
variable and in this way i cannot get a unique id Per individual. Do
you know whether it is a problem of wrong format?

Chiara Mussida
PhD candidate
Doctoral school of Economic Policy
Catholic University, Piacenza (Italy)
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