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From   "Eric Uslaner" <euslaner@gvpt.umd.edu>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Re: ST: transferring labels
Date   Thu, 11 Nov 2004 18:13:21 -0500

Hello,

I have downloaded a data set that is in 3 parts, all in Excel.  Files 2
and 3 are data, file 1 is a list of variable names and labels. I have
transferred the data with names to Stata, but the labels are perplexing.
 Here is  the format of the Excel spreadsheet with the variable names
and labels:

Column A    Column B       Column C    Column D   Column E
varname     varlabel          divider        varname     varlabel
etc.               etc.                                    etc.        
    etc.


Columns A&B are for data set 2 and C & D for data set 3 (though this is
no problem--I can copy them into one column since the cases are
identical).  

Is there a way to transfer the variable labels without doing a lot of
typing.  Stata Technical Support suggested putting each variable label
into a do-file with quotation marks around each label (which I would
have to type in by hand) and then pasting:

label var varname "varlabel" for each variable.

Does anyone have a more expeditous (and less tedious) way of doing this
transfer?

Thanks,

Ric Uslaner
euslaner@gvpt.umd.edu 






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