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st: New version of -descsave- on SSC

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
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Subject   st: New version of -descsave- on SSC
Date   Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:14:30 +0100

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new version of the -descsave- package is now
available for download from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do

The -descsave- package is described as below on my website. The new
version is in Stata Version 10. However, users of Stata 7, 8 and 9 can
still download the old versions from my website by typing, in Stata,

net from "";

and selecting the version required.

The new version also adds an option -dshead-, causing -descsave- to
output some header lines describing the whole dataset, similar to those
produced by -describe, short-. The results saved to -r()- are now
harmonized to be identical to those produced by -describe-. There are
new options -detail- and -varlist-, corresponding to the -describe-
options of the same names. And the whole package is now documented
online in a Stata 10 format .sthlp file.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Web page:
Departmental Web page:

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

package descsave from

      descsave: Extension of describe creating output dataset and

      descsave is an extended version of describe, and creates a do-file
      an output Stata dataset (or resultsset). The output Stata dataset
      1 observation per variable described, and data on variable
      (name, storage type, display format, variable label, value label,
      selected characteristics). The Stata do-file reconstructs these
      when run, assuming that the variable exists and is of the correct
      (numeric or string). descsave can be used to reconstruct variables
that have
      been output to a generic spreadsheet using outsheet and then input
      insheet, or variables that have been extracted (using factext)
from the
      label variable of an output dataset (or resultsset) created by
parmby or
      parmest. (The parmest and factext packages are downloadable from
this website
      or from SSC.)
      Author: Roger Newson
      Date: 02 April 2008
      Stata version: 10

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