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Re: st: data manipulation help


From   yumin sheng <shengyumin@yahoo.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: data manipulation help
Date   Thu, 12 Aug 2004 20:56:12 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Dev,

  Thanks so much for your kindly suggestion about
"reshape." I just studied the recommended help file
and link, but found that most of the examples only
have one major variable of interest. As you can see,
World Development Indicators has about 200 variables
for each country. Sometime many words are contained in
one variable name such as "Export share in GDP, %."
Can I still use "reshape" under such circumstances?

Thanks again,
Yumin

--- Dev Vencappa <lexdvv@nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:
> Yumin,
>  You may probably want to have a look at the reshape
> command in stata (help reshape) and the link to the
> FAQ on this on the Stata website:
> 
>  
> http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/data/reshape3.html
> 
> 
> 
> Dev
> 
> 
> 
> >>> shengyumin@yahoo.com 13/08/2004 00:34:50 >>>
> Dear all, 
> 
> I have been trying to save data from World
> Development
> Indicators (WDI, online) into a cross-section
> time-series format. The original data look like the
> following
> 
> Country	Variable Name	1960	1961	?2002
> Afghanistan	Aid	X	X	?X
> Afghanistan	Population	X	X	X 
> ??????> ??????> Afghanistan	Wage	X	X	?X
> Albania	 Aid		X	X        ?X
> Albania	Population	X	X	?X
> ??????> ??????> Albania	Wage	X	X	?X
> 
> The ideal format I would like to have would be:
> 
> Country	Aid	Population	??Wage
> Afghanistan	1960	X	X	?X
> Afghanistan	1961	X	X	?X
> ??????> ??????> Afghanistan	2002	X	X	?X
> Albania	1960	X	X	?X
> Albania	1961	X	X	?X
> ??????> ??????> Albania	2002	X	X	?X
> ??????> China	1960	X	X	?X
> China	1961	X	X	?X
> ??????> ??????> China	2002	X	X	?X
> 
> The problem is that some countries have data on more
> variables than do other countries. Any kindly
> suggestion on how to execute the data manipulation
> trick in stata or on how to save WDI online properly
> would be tremendously appreciated. Many thanks!
> 
> Best,
> Yumin
> 
> 
> 
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