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st: question about labelling


From   Radu Ban <rban@nber.org>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: question about labelling
Date   Thu, 27 Feb 2003 12:21:27 -0500 (EST)

Dear all,

I have a lot of variables of the type

xyz101 xyz105 xyz211...

and I want to label them like this:

label var xyz101 "[description] 101"


I would like to know whether I can speed up this labelling process, since
I have over a hundred of these variables.
I tried the following piece of code:

foreach `name' of varlist xyz* {
	local code = substr(`name', -3, .)
	label var `name' `"indigineous input # `code'"'
	}

but it gives me a type mismatch, which makes me believe -substr- is trying
to extract the string out of the variable itself not its name. Can anyone
point the way oout?

Thanks in advance,

Radu Ban







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