[EpiData-list] How should EpiData Analysis read a CSV (Comma Separated File)

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Thu Mar 9 17:21:31 CST 2006

A question has come up.

Please consider how you find reading of a CSV file in analysis appropriate:

In a csv file the following data is found:
id, s, pos, sex, ill
2...... etc (rest of records)

The data in line can be interpreted in two ways:
Option 1:
ID= 1
s= 0.0
SEX = "f" 
ill = 0

Option 2:
ID= 1
s= .
SEX = "f" 
ill = 0

In other words the question is how to read ",.," should it be:
Option 1: as 0.0                  (which is current behaviour)
or Option 2: .

Any comments on desired behaviour appreciated.


Jens Lauritsen
EpiData Association

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