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st: Reshape question


From   Si Yue Li <siyue85@googlemail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Reshape question
Date   Mon, 14 Sep 2009 06:36:18 +0200

Dear Statalist Users,

(Sorry for the double post, but the table in my last mail was badly 
formatted)

as a beginner, I am having some trouble importing large excel datatables 
containing datastream output into stata long format. I checked with 
faq/help files and think that the reshape command combined with some 
data manipulations must be the answer. Right now I can get the data to 
look like this in Stata:
|v1|v2|v3|v4|v5|...|
|.|ID code1|ID code2|ID code3|ID code4|...|     

|date1| Xij|Xij|Xij|Xij|...|
|date2| Xij|Xij|Xij|Xij|...|
|...|...|...|...|...|

where Xij = Data

However from my past Stata experiences the usual long form is much 
better to work with:

|ID code1|date1|Xij|
|ID code1|date2|Xij|
|...|...|...|
|ID code2|date1|Xij|
|ID code2|date2|Xij|
|...|...|...|

I think reshape will solve this for me, but I couldn't get anything to 
work...
Please offer advice, thank you.

Si Yue

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