[EpiData-list] negative integers in epidata entry

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Wed Jul 15 12:16:26 CDT 2009

Dear Pedro:

-1 is a legal integer, but it needs space.  You first say the field was 
"##", then it must accommodate -1.  Later you say it was "#", that 
cannot accommodate it.  If the first is true (##) then something else is 
wrong, if the second is true (#) then the field is too short.  If you do 
not have it, create a qes file from the REC file and look what type of 
field is there.  While converting a numeric file to a text file is easy, 
it looses too much information (ability to calculate), and going the 
other way is not trivial I believe, thus try to figure out what is wrong 
with the actual presumed numeric field DAYS.



epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca wrote:
> Dear EpiData friends,
> I have a qes like this
> However the ones who filled the CRFs filled this with -1 if there was no
> information about this question.
> Now Im testin the entrys to start feeding the datasets and just realize that
> -1 is not a legal integer for field #
> I thought that converting this field from # to <A > would work and later in
> the analysis to encode this variable to integer.
> WOuld this work? any more elegant workaround?
> Best regards,
> Abraço forte e que a força esteja com você,
> Pedro Emmanuel

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