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Jeph Herrin <junk@spandrel.net> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: AW: variable number in variables window? |

Date |
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:20:43 -0400 |

Martin Weiss wrote: > > " Seems to me that the variables window could also (optionally) > include a column with the value label." > > > The new variables manager does exactly that, and you can also > -describe- any variable to retrieve this information. I am familiar with -describe-, not in the habit yet of using the variables manager, but without the variable number the latter still does not solve my problem. > > How would you split responsibilities between the variables window > and the variables manager? I think the variables window is good as > it is in its rather parsimonious state... > I would be fine using either one if it had the variable number. I often work with datasets that have hundreds of variables, for example, provided with a 20 page data collection instrument (this is all clinical information) and I need to sort through the 20 page form and figure out which variable corresponds to which checkbox on the form. Items are grouped by clinical topic, and the only hint I have about which variable corresponds to which item on the collection form is that the variables are in the same order as the form. Thus, I navigate the dataset by finding one variable I know, with some less cryptic name (eg, "ab_cath_proc" for the "abstracted cath procedure"), and then use that to find the variables that are "near" it. I can -describe- this variable, with the -numbers- option, to know where it is in the dataset, but then neither the variables window nor the variables manager lets me look at which variables are "around" it. I can -describe- the full dataset, pausing when I get near the correct number, but then if I am trying to work with these variables, this list scrolls off the screen very soon. The dataset I am working with at the moment has 732 variables. If I could scroll to e.g. variable 234 in the variables window OR the variables manager it would make my life so much easier. cheers, Jeph

HTH Martin -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Jeph Herrin Gesendet: Mittwoch, 21. Oktober 2009 15:35 An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Betreff: st: variable number in variables window? Is there any way to persuade the variables window to include a column with the variable number? I have datasets with hundreds of variables, where this would be extremely useful. It's not documented, as far as I can tell, but maybe undocumented? Seems to me that the variables window could also (optionally) include a column with the value label. Jeph * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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**References**:**st: variable number in variables window?***From:*Jeph Herrin <junk@spandrel.net>

**st: AW: variable number in variables window?***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

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