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Re: st: Stata 9 announcement
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.
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