[EpiData-list] Importing data to Epidata analysis

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Wed Jan 9 07:15:56 CST 2013

To import data from spreadsheets the following is a good rule:
1. change first line to indicate contents of each column
   e.g. :  v1    v2     v3    age    sex    ...... etc

2 in each data column make sure to format correctly, e.g.:
      for a given column if this contains integers, format as no 

3 make sure you do not have a combination of string and numbers in a 
given column

4 if you have dates make sure they are entered in same format, e.g. 

5 make sure that right most column is complete with one number in all 
     otherwise add a column containing a 0 or 1 in the right most column 
in all rows.

6 make sure you have at least two columns (one is too little)

7 if you have decimal numbers use period and not comma as delimiter. 
This problem it seems you do not have since the output shows no "," - 
but tabs as delimiters

if you still experience problems send us a few lines of the data here 
on the list and we can maybe see the reason.


Jens Lauritsen
EpiData Association

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca skrev den 2013-01-09 13:46:
> Dear all,
> I would like to import data from the clipboard to Epidata analysis 
> but it
> is not working.
> The data is in excel; I select and copy the range of cells that I 
> need to
> import to Epidata analysis
> With Epidata analysis I  select import from clipboard in the file 
> drop down
> menu but i get the message below:
> "Separators: (tab: 7153)(semicolon: 0)(comma: 0)(space: 0) Lines: 
> 14753
> Cannot define number of variables"
> What could I be doing wrong?
> WK
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