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st: Read csv in Stata


From   Nikolaos Kanellopoulos <nkkanel@yahoo.gr>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Read csv in Stata
Date   Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:56:30 +0100 (BST)

Dear all,

I have a set of csv files which I want to read into Stata. Their first two lines are:

Year,Reporter Code,Trade Flow Code,Partner Code,Classification,Commodity Code,Quantity Unit Code,Supplementary Quantity,Netweight (kg),Value,Estimation Code
"2005,826,1,0,""H2"",""030211"",8,461906,461906,2554127,0"

Unfortunately in order to use insheet the second line must become
2005,826,1,0,"H2","030211",8,461906,461906,2554127,0

ie lose leading and ending double quotes and replace the double double quotes with double quotes.

To do these I use a text editor, but because the files have many observations this takes too long.
Do you have any idea of how I can do that faster and preferably in Stata.

Thanks for your time.
All the best, 
Nikos      

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