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Re: st: Re: aorder: system limit exceeded


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Re: aorder: system limit exceeded
Date   Thu, 30 Jun 2005 22:55:29 -0500

At 08:14 PM 6/30/2005 -0700, Friedrich Huebler wrote:
Yes, -aorder- works when the offending variables are renamed but I
would like to keep the original names.

Friedrich
Sounds like some weird esoteric bug in -aorder-. Until it gets fixed, I found that the following works. What I do is first create vars with the problematic names (a step you can skip since you already have those vars!). Then, add _1 to every name. Use -aorder-. Then, drop the _1 from every name.

. sysuse auto, clear
(1978 Automobile Data)

. ren make hi9dc

. ren mpg hi9dd

. renvars, postfix(_1)

. aorder

. renvars, postdrop(2)

There are a couple of -renvars-, I am using the one by Cox and Weesie from http://www.stata.com/stb/stb60.

I'm not sure why this works since I'm not sure what causes the problem in the first place, but apparently adding _1 to each var name makes problematic names non-problematic while not changing the sort order.

Incidentally, I first tried a postfix of _x - and it didn't work!!! Nor does _a or _z, but _2 does. Something quite peculiar is going on here, and it will take some scrutiny of -aorder- to figure out what it is.

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