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Re: st: Stata 9 announcement


From   Phil Schumm <pschumm@uchicago.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata 9 announcement
Date   Wed, 6 Apr 2005 10:36:37 -0500

At 10:31 AM -0400 4/6/05, Nick Winter wrote:
One thing that occurs to me is to use this in conjunction with support for multiple languages, in order to include complete questionnaire wording in one set of labels, and shorter "analysis" labels in another.

There was a presentation at NASUG last year by Theodore Pollari & Phil Schumm on using Stata as the base for a fully-integrated questionnaire development, questionairre production, and analysis system--I imagine the longer labels might be helpful in that sort of context. See http://ideas.repec.org/p/boc/asug04/6.html.

Nick's comment is indeed an accurate description of our approach. We are working on a generalized language for describing questionnaires which, in the case of multiple choice questions, permits a full text description of each item and an optional, shorter label. We then use Stata's support for multiple languages to retain all of this information (or meta-data) in the final dataset.


-- Phil
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