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st: RE: UPDATE: once again -reshape- and labels

From   "Steichen, Thomas J." <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: UPDATE: once again -reshape- and labels
Date   Mon, 16 Jun 2008 17:04:52 -0400

In your last foreach loop:

foreach v of var `rshp' {
        label variable `v' "`l`lrshp''"

You are iterating thru values of `rshp' but are selecting labels from
something called `l`lrshp''.

I suspect that something should be `l`rshp''.

(i.e., you have the "l" in there twice.)

Thomas J. Steichen

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Andrea Bennett
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 3:06 PM
Subject: st: UPDATE: once again -reshape- and labels

Dear Statalisters,

So with a more detailed question again (see previous post by me). The
data set contains these variables: id, Ax1-Ax10, Bx1-Bx10, Cx1-Cx10.
Every group (e.g. Ax1-Ax10) has the very same label which should be
applied to the new variables after reshape. This is the code I got so

/* store label of each group of variables */
local lrshp "Ax1 Bx1 Cx1"

foreach v of var `lrshp' {
        local l`v' : variable label `v'

/* reshape */
local rshp "Ax Bx Cx"
quietly reshape long `rshp', i(id) j(wave) /* giving me a data set
with the variables: id, Ax, Bx, Cx, wave */

/* set label */
foreach v of var `rshp' {
        label variable `v' "`l`lrshp''"

This way, Ax gets the correct label but Bx and Cx get the label of Ax.
I seem to do something wrong when iterating at the end. I just really
don't see the point.

Many thanks for the consideration,

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