Zipcode Cleaning

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Zipcode Cleaning

Postby jdeluca » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:07 pm

When I import zipcode values into SPSS it imports as a string variable and retains zipcodes which have a '0' as the first digit in the series- for example - 02319. However when I change the variable from string to numeric- SPSS eats up the first '0' and effectively changes the value of the zipcode for example- 2139. How do I prevent this from happening? I have syntax coding all US zipcodes into states but it includes the initial '0' for those zipcodes and can not be run on the adjusted values.

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Re: Zipcode Cleaning

Postby GerineL » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:27 am

If you convert it to numeric it will always disappear.
This makes sense, since 08 is the same number as 8.

If you want to keep the 0, keep it string.

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