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st: quotes and double-quotes problems


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: quotes and double-quotes problems
Date   Thu, 28 Apr 2005 11:22:58 -0500

Stata drives me crazy with all its quotes and double-quotes. I am trying to get value labels returned the same way that mlogit does it, e.g. if the labels are

Very SD
Somewhat "D"
I `Strongly' Agree

(Labels deliberately chosen to cause as much trouble as possible.) mlogit will return in e(eqnames)

`"Very SD"' `""Somewhat" D"' `"I `strongly' agree"'

which will parse as 3 different words. Now, I know how to get the value labels, but I can't for the life of me get all the quotes and double-quotes right, e.g. I do something like

forval i = 1/3 {
local vlabel: label(`y') `i'
local vlabels `vlabels' `vlabel'
}


and it of course doesn't work right. But, I've also tried also sorts of combos involving `" and "' and it still never comes out right - I always wind up with extra or missing quotes and double-quotes. Any help would be appreciated.

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