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st: New version of -sdecode- on SSC

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: New version of -sdecode- on SSC
Date   Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:08:50 +0000

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new version of the -sdecode- package is now available for download from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do this, or -adoupdate- if you already have an old version.

The -sdecode- package is defined as below on my website. The new version has been updated to Stata Version 11. I have also added a -ftrim- option, specifying that output string values decoded using a format will be trimmed, and an option -esub()-, specifying that formatted output values containing an exponent (prefixed by "e-" or "e+") will be recoded to a TeX exponent, an RTF exponent, or a HTML exponent, superscripted appropriately. This will be helpful to users who want to output the decoded values to a table in a TeX, RTF or HTML document without manually reformatting the exponents.

Users of Stata Versions 10, 9, 8 or 7 can still download the Stata 10, 9 or 7 versions of -sdecode- by typing, in Stata,

net from net from

and selecting the most up-to-date version of -sdecode- compatible with their respective Stata versions. 

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Web page:
Departmental Web page:

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

package sdecode from

      sdecode: Decode a numeric variable to string, formatting unlabelled values

      sdecode is an extended version of decode. It takes, as input, a numeric
      variable, and generates, as output, a string variable, with values
      corresponding to value labels of the numeric variable for labelled values,
      and (optionally) formatted values of the numeric variable for unlabelled
      values. The output string values therefore appear as the numeric input
      values appear in output from the tabulate command. The output string
      variable may replace the input numeric variable or be generated as a new
      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 20october2009
      Stata-Version: 11

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