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Re: st: Capturing the data type of a variable


From   Philip Ryan <philip.ryan@adelaide.edu.au>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Capturing the data type of a variable
Date   Tue, 09 Mar 2004 09:44:42 +1030

use the extended function syntax of -local-  (see help macro).

for example:

. sysuse auto
(1978 Automobile Data)

. local k: type price

. local m: type make

. di "price `k'   make `m'"
price int   make str18


Phil


At 12:01 PM 8/03/2004 -0500, you wrote:
I am looking to loop through each of the variables in my dataset and manipulate variables that are of data type str10 or more. Is there any way I can capture the data type of a variable? Neither describe or codebook seem to have return codes r( ) that would serve this purpose. If I can capture the variable type as a string, e.g., "byte", "str5", "integer" it would easy from there.

Much thanks,


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