After cleaning my dataset in Stata and saving the dta file on my computer, I've tried several times in several different ways to open the file in Mplus; however, I keep getting the following message:
*** ERROR The number of observations is 0. Check your data and format statement. Data file: \Client\H$\Dropbox\ESSPdataSept6.dta *** ERROR Invalid symbol in data file: "<stata_dta><header><release>118<" at record #: 1, field #: 1
I've tried editing the file name, deleting special characters within the text using Microsoft Word, and saving the file in different formats. I am worried that the problem is a result of using my university's virtual lab to conduct my analysis because any file saved on my computer via Virtual Lab includes the '$' symbol in the path. Is this the issue or am I missing something else? Here is the syntax I used to open my data file:
DATA: FILE is \Client\H$\Dropbox\ESSPdataSept6.dta;
Also, I should note that I've tried opening the dataset in Excel but I received a message that it wasn't in a readable format. I'm using a Mac. Thank you so much for your time.