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Re: st: Stata randomly drops variables

From   Caleb Southworth <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata randomly drops variables
Date   Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:26:58 -0700 (PDT)

use -sysuse auto- dataset, people will be able to replicate or comment 
on what has happened. Perhaps you are typing data into the data editor 
and then no accepting the changes? In which case you should see 
something like this in your results window:

. edit
- preserve
- replace x = 1 in 1
- restore

In which case you changes to x are restored, i.e. not there. 

On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, Nikolaus Rentrop wrote:

:Dear Stata community,
:I'm quite new to this mailing list, so I hope that this topic hasn't been
:discussed already without me noticing. Currently I'm having a major problem
:while working with Stata for a university term paper: I'm conducting a short
:pooled time series analysis in Stata 10 SE but I can't even get to the actual
:statistics because Stata keeps dropping variables randomly when I'm working
:with the data editor. Every time I generate a new variable, insert the data,
:label it and try to save the file, suddenly one or two variables disappear
:magically. The problem is mentioned nowhere in the official Stata community
:forums and when I googled the issue, there were only a few posts reporting the
:same problem.
:So, basicly, I'm just interested whether any of you have ever experienced the
:same problem or whether it is somehow a very exotic one. If somebody comes up
:with a solution, this would be great, of course. I am looking forward to
:receiving your responses soon, because - understandably - this is a quite
:fundamental problem ;).
:Best regards from Germany,
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Caleb Southworth
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University of Oregon Sociology
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