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Re: st: Stata 9 announcement
At 08:46 AM 4/6/2005 -0500, Alan Riley wrote:
Thanks Alan. Just as a matter of curiosity, why would somebody even want a
32,000 character value label (or even 244 or 80?) I suppose you could put
an entire questionnaire into your value label if you were so inclined! But
for documentation purposes, I would think there would be better approaches
than trying to cram so much information into a value label.
In Stata 9, value labels have a maximum length of 32,000
characters. When reading a Stata 9 dataset, Stata 8 is
"smart" enough to not read in any value labels that would
exceed the Stata 8 limit.
My own bias is to have nice, short labels (Stata output generally truncates
after around 10 or 11 characters anyway, right?) But perhaps I overlook
some benefits here.
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