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Re: st: About data transformation


From   "David A. Wagstaff" <daw22@psu.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: About data transformation
Date   Thu, 13 Feb 2003 19:53:09 -0500

02/13/2003


Vincent!


Although I do support upgrading, an alternative would
be for you to purchase StatTransfer and use it to 
save your file as version 6.0.

David


"Shannon Driver, StataCorp" wrote:
> 
> Vincent <sschen_99@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> > I am a STATA 8 SE user. I would like to share my data
> > set (*.dta) with people who use STATA 6.0, however,
> > they told me that they could not open the data file.
> > STATA 6.0 says that it's not a stata data file.
> > I am wondering if there is any solution for this?
> 
> In Stata 8, you can type
> 
>         . saveold filename7
> 
> The -saveold- command will save your dataset so that it can be read by Stata 7.
> However, Stata 6 will still not be able to read this.  But, if you have access
> to Stata 7, you could then open the dataset you just created with Stata 7 and
> type:
> 
>         . save filename6, old
> 
> This would convert the data from Stata 7 format to Stata 6 format.  The
> -saveold- command replaced this command in Stata 8.  Going through this
> two-step process would convert the data so that Stata 6 could read it.
> 
> The only other alternative I can think of would be to use the -outfile- or
> -outsheet- command to create an ASCII text file of the data.  You could then
> use -infile-, -infix-, or -insheet- to read the data into Stata 6.
> 
> In doing this, you might run into limit issues, such as length of variable
> names (Stata 6 had a limit of 8 characters and Stata 7 and 8 have limits of 32
> characters), maximum number of variables, string lengths (Intercooled Stata 6
> limited strings to 80 characters and Stata 7 SE and 8 SE limit them to 244
> characters), etc.
> 
> In the end, the best solution might be to encourage your friends to upgrade to
> Stata 8.
> 
> --Shannon Driver
>   sdriver@stata.com
> 
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