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st: charlist syntax error


From   Martyn Sherriff <statams48@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: charlist syntax error
Date   Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:48:18 +0000

I regularly use charlist (SSC NJC 1.1.0 17 Dec 2002 ) to screen data
for strings in supposedly numeric data and I am getting a syntax error
with the following variable:
.d x35
x35             str3    %9s

. charlist x35
invalid syntax
r(198);

I can detect the errant characters:
. list x35 if missing(real(x35))

     +-----+
      | x35 |
      |-----   |
 53. | 29n |
 63. |  6`   |
      +-----+

I would be grateful if somebody could suggest what I am doing
incorrectly with charlist (it works with other variables in the
dataset).

Stata 13.

Thank you.

Martyn
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