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From |
Daniel Jones <dbj3@pitt.edu> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: RE: Changing variable name to variable label |

Date |
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:15:26 -0400 |

Thanks to all the replies. Nick's solution worked extremely well. Daniel On Apr 12, 2010, at 4:40 PM, Michael Norman Mitchell wrote: > Oh, I just saw Nick's reply... that is much better than mine. > Michael N. Mitchell > See the Stata tidbit of the week at... > http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com > > On 2010-04-12 1.38 PM, Michael Norman Mitchell wrote: >> Dear Daniel >> >> Indeed, I think that Martin is on the right track... here is some sample code >> >> clear >> sysuse auto >> unab vlist : * >> display "`vlist'" >> foreach varname of local vlist { >> local varlabel : variable label `varname' >> mata : vl = st_local("varlabel") >> mata : newvarname = strtoname(vl) >> mata : st_local("varname2",newvarname) >> rename `varname' `varname2' >> } >> >> describe , full >> >> I know this could be done better using more mata, but I hope it helps >> >> Michael N. Mitchell >> See the Stata tidbit of the week at... >> http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com >> >> On 2010-04-12 1.24 PM, Martin Weiss wrote: >>> <> >>> >>> ******* >>> help mf_strtoname >>> ******* >>> >>> comes to mind... >>> >>> >>> HTH >>> Martin >>> >>> -----Original Message----- >>> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu >>> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Daniel Jones >>> Sent: Montag, 12. April 2010 22:18 >>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu >>> Subject: st: Changing variable name to variable label >>> >>> I have a set of repeated cross sections (10 years) which I would like to >>> combine into a single dataset. The problem is that the variable names are >>> different across years -- it's a survey, so a variable I need might be >>> called "Q13" one year and "Q17" the next. >>> >>> Variable labels seem to be constant across years, so I thought a solution >>> might be to rename the the variables on the basis of their labels. I found a >>> previous Statalist posting which describes such a procedure. However, for >>> this to work, variable labels need to already be appropriately formatted to >>> be variable names -- i.e., no spaces, etc. My variable labels are of the >>> form "Education Volunteer - Past 12 Months." I'm assuming there's a way to >>> remove spaces, etc. from variable labels, and then make them the variable >>> names -- but I don't know what it is. >>> >>> Alternatively, it seems like there could be a simpler solution to merging >>> all of these years together. Does anyone have any suggestions? >>> >>> Thanks, >>> Daniel >>> * >>> * 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/ > * > * 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/

**References**:**st: Changing variable name to variable label***From:*Daniel Jones <dbj3@pitt.edu>

**Re: st: RE: Changing variable name to variable label***From:*Michael Norman Mitchell <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>

**Re: st: RE: Changing variable name to variable label***From:*Michael Norman Mitchell <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>

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