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Re: st: AW: compare files, vars only


From   Michael Hanson <mshanson@mac.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: AW: compare files, vars only
Date   Thu, 19 Feb 2009 13:32:51 -0500

On Feb 19, 2009, at 1:02 PM, David Kantor wrote:

Thanks to all who attempted to answer this.
I didn't expect this to spawn such a cascade of responses.
Also, I didn't need much help in the matter. I just wanted to know if there was an existing program I could use. Incidentally, in case you want to know the motivation: I often get revised or supplemental files, but where the variables may have changed slightly -- a few dropped or added, or a few that have had a change of spelling of the name.

If that is the case, then wouldn't the -datasignature- command (significantly updated in Stata 10.1) be the most effective tool? See -help datasignature- for all the things one can do when managing shared data files.

HTH,
Mike

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