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st: RE: RE: Re: ST: transferring labels

From   "David Harrison" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: Re: ST: transferring labels
Date   Fri, 12 Nov 2004 08:49:02 -0000

For a very marginally quicker way (with no need to alphabetize the order)...

use data.dta
merge using labels.dta
count if !missing(var1)
forvalues i=1/`r(N)' {
	cap nois label var `=var1[`i']' "`=var2[`i']'"
drop var1 var2 _merge

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Merryman []
Sent: 12 November 2004 03:15
Subject: st: RE: Re: ST: transferring labels


Using the auto data set as an example, suppose your data file (data.dta)
consists of the variables: price, mpg, trunk, turn, and weight.  

The label file consists of the variable names and new labels and it is also
a Stata data file (labels.dta) and looks like:

. l

     |   var1                var2 |
  1. |    mpg    Miles per gallon |
  2. |  price    Price in dollars |
  3. |  trunk       Size of Trunk |
  4. |   turn         Turn Radius |
  5. | weight   Weight of Vehicle |

One way to attach these new labels to the variables in the data file is as
follows: <snip>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:owner-
>] On Behalf Of Eric Uslaner
> Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2004 5:13 PM
> To:
> Subject: st: Re: ST: transferring labels
> 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

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