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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: customised output formats |

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Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:00:39 -0000 |

On second thoughts, Margaret seems to have the question the right way round in that you want this as output. Sorry for my misreading. Still, as Svend said, the opposite is an engaging puzzle. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Margaret R Grove Daniel, I'm not quite clear on what your "archaic program" consists of - do you have a Stata dataset which you are trying to reformat for other software? I saw the other solutions but I'm seeing the problem a little differently assuming that you want to go from a normal dataset to a special format for the other software. If that's the case, you could do something like the following to make space for the "PID" and "END" records: sort pid expand 2 if pid==pid[_n-1] *** Adds record for identifier only expand 2 if pid!=pid[_n+1] ***Adds record for "END" only replace pid="END" if pid!=pid[_n+1] foreach v of varlist x y { replace `v'=. if pid!=pid[_n-1] } and then do whatever other formatting you need and output to a txt file. Meg Daniel Exeter wrote: > Hi there > > I have the variables > Pid, x, y, t, d > > For 1000 participants, and there are many observations for each > participant. > > I'm using an archaic program that uses data in the format: > > Pid > X,y > X,y > X,y > END > Pid > X,y > X,y > END > > And so on. > > I would think that I need to : > > loop through for each pid > identify the value of pid > write this value to an outfile > > loop through all observations of current pid > extract values for x and y > write x and y values to outfile > > write "end" into outfile > > I tried this logic, but I can't seem to append info to the outfile... > any ideas? * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: customised output formats***From:*"Daniel Exeter" <d.exeter@auckland.ac.nz>

**Re: st: customised output formats***From:*Margaret R Grove <margaret.r.grove@Dartmouth.EDU>

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