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Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Unable to use "replace" on specific values (but others work ok)
Date   Tue, 16 Oct 2012 01:09:52 +0100

I can't reproduce your problem. However, if your do-file or command
lines are corrupted by strange characters such as char(160) -- recall
the previous thread you started -- you might get some very odd
messages about invalid names. Use -hexdump- on a file containing

Also, you are using a -float- to contain large integers. That's bound
to run into problems sooner or later, but not with the example values
given here.

.  clear

.  set obs 3
obs was 0, now 3

.  gen var1=.
(3 missing values generated)

.  replace var1=121312 if _n==1
(1 real change made)

.  replace var1=121314 if _n==2
(1 real change made)

.  replace var1=121313 if _n==3
(1 real change made)

On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM, Anna Reimondos <> wrote:

> I am currently coding occupations of respondents in a survey to the
> Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
> A rather odd thing is happening where I am able to assign the ANZSCO
> code in some cases, but not others!
> For example in the code below there is no problem assigning the value
> 121312 to case 1, and no problem assigning the value 121314 to case 2.
> However for case 3 who I want to give the code 121313 the code returns
> an error message '121313 invalid name' r(198).
> clear
> set obs 3
> gen var1=.
> replace var1=121312 if _n==1
> replace var1=121314 if _n==2
> replace var1=121313 if _n==3  //Problem
> The problem is not just with 121313, but it also does not seem to like
> 254499, 323112 and 821311 among others.
> I don't understand what is happening!
> I am using Stata 12.1, but have also tried this in 11.2 and get the
> same error code.
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