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Re: st: -usesas- and formats

From   "Anders Alexandersson" <>
Subject   Re: st: -usesas- and formats
Date   Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:38:26 -0400

Please give an example of a SAS format not converted to a value label
in Stata. Note that Stata does not allow value-label ranges or string
variables with value labels.

Anders Alexandersson

Clinton Thompson <> wrote:
> Hello All:
> I'm using Dan Blanchette's -usesas- program to import a moderate size
> SAS file (211 variables, ~3800 observations) into Stata and although
> it works correctly --- at least insofar as reading all variables and
> observations --- it does *not* append the variable value formats to
> the respective variables (problematic since almost every variable
> includes a format).  After the data is loaded into Stata, however, I
> can type -label dir-, which returns most but not *all* of the formats
> housed in the SAS file, "formats.sas7bcat", and I suppose I could
> invoke a series of -label values- commands, but given 200+ variables,
> this seems rather cumbersome and inefficient (not to mention, all the
> formats are not imported!).  I've read, reread, and read again the
> help file for -usesas- and even changed the path name of the two SAS
> macros in the sasexe.ado file to the location of my sas.exe file, but
> to no avail (at least w/ respect to properly importing the formats.).
> I'm using Stata/SE 9.2 for Windows and SAS, v.8.
> Any suggestions?  Thoughts?
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