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st: RE: RE: Drop variables satisfying a condition

From   "Mak, Timothy" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: Drop variables satisfying a condition
Date   Fri, 6 Jul 2007 17:02:04 +0100

You can use -ds- to identify your non-string variables, and loop over
these only. If you want to drop the empty string variables also, you
might want to -destring- your variables first, and then use -ds- to seek
out the non-string, and then use the loop to drop. 


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Guillermo
Sent: 06 July 2007 15:22
Subject: st: RE: Drop variables satisfying a condition


Thanks, but I think the loop does not work with strings, so it stops
when it finds the first string in the dataset. Do you think it is
possible to write a similar loop for any variable format? I have a huge
dataset, with about 500 variables, so this will be very helpful.

Thanks again.


-----Mensaje original-----
De: Guillermo Villa [] Enviado el:
viernes, 06 de julio de 2007 14:33
Para: ''
Asunto: Drop variables satisfying a condition

> Dear statalisters,
> I wonder whether it is possible to drop several variables in a dataset

> specifying an "if" condition. For instance, it would be interesting 
> being able to drop all variables in the dataset for which all cases 
> are 0 or missing values. I have been reading the help documentation on

> the "drop" command, however I am unable to find the right answer so 
> far. Note that I want to drop variables and not cases.
> Thanks in advance.
> Guillermo

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