Thursday, January 05, 2006

Re: st: RE: Reading a tab-delimited text file; version 8.2

Thanks Nick. I suspect that any non-numeric characters would be '#NULL' for missing data.

On 1/4/06, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote: > From this example, you could just read > them in as numeric anyway, and then pad with > leading zeros. > > sysuse auto > tostring mpg, format(%04.0f) gen(s_mpg) > > This won't work if there are non-numeric > characters in the variables concerned. > > Nick > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > Joe McCrary > > > I've got a number of tab-delimited text files that I'm reading into > > STATA 8.2 using insheet. The problem I'm having is that the first 3 > > variables need to be read is as text, not numeric. Here is one line of > > data: > > > > 86309 0060 010051000229 0 84 69 66 > > 48 69 75 84 78 87 81 75 > > 63 69 > > > > In looking over the infile/dictionary commands, it appears that I > > cannot specify a delimeter in the dictionary file. > > > > Could someone please tell me how to read those first 3 in as strings? > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ >

-- "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." --Albert Einstein

Joe McCrary

* * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/


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