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st: Converting SAS or SPSS setup files to stata do files


From   Dana Chandler <dchandler@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Converting SAS or SPSS setup files to stata do files
Date   Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:30:09 -0500

Hello Statalist -

I just downloaded a bunch of data from ICPSR, but unfortunately not
all of it has stata do files to go from the fixed width .txt raw data
to a stata .dta dataset.

ICPSR does, however, provide setup files for SPSS and SAS. I can guess
at what the syntax is and then manually adjust it to write a stata do
file. Since it's a rather slow process, I was hoping someone had a
perl script or other way to use regular expressions or what have you
to convert a SAS or SPSS setup file to a stata dictionary.

Thanks,
Dana
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