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st: RE: rename

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: rename
Date   Tue, 19 Nov 2002 15:21:45 -0000

Hans J. Baumgartner
> I've got a new data file which is stored in an odd way.
> I have imported the file using the command insheet-. As a
> result I have
> variable names v1 to v251. However, the first observation
> in v251 is the
> variable name for v1; the second observation in v251 is the
> variable
> name for v2; and so on. Observation 251 and thereafter is missing.
> I have tried:
> For num 1/250: rename vX v251 in X
> But the rename- does not allow the in- option.

To Stata, -rename ... in #- would make
no sense. A variable is a column and
could not have different names in
different rows.

You need something like this

forval i = 1/250 {
	local new = v251[`i']
	rename v`i' `new'

You can't do this with -for- for
reasons explained at


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