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st: RE: rename


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
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

http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/lang/macros.html

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

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