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Michael Norman Mitchell <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Fwd: Re: st: Comparing Variable Name Labels Between Datasets |

Date |
Thu, 13 May 2010 21:03:47 -0700 |

Dear Beth

It is possible that you might want to do both of these. I hope this is helpful. Best regards, Michael N. Mitchell See the Stata tidbit of the week at... http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Re: st: Comparing Variable Name Labels Between Datasets Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 19:54:52 -0700 From: Michael Norman Mitchell <Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com> Reply-To: Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Dear Beth This is quite a challenging task, but I feel that you have laid it out in a very sensible manner. I have one question regarding "step c". Are you interested in 1) comparing the "names of the variable labels" between the datasets. That is, the variable "gender" is labeled with the value label "mf" in the first dataset. The variable "gender" is also labeled with "mf" in the second dataset. But, "mf" is labeled with "sex" in the third dataset. or are you interested in 2) comparing the "values and labels" for the variable labels for the variables across datasets. That is, the variable "gender" is labeled with "mf" in the first dataset, and the values are "0 = male" and "1 = female" in the first dataset. But, in the second dataset, the variable "gender" which is labeled with "mf" is labeled as "1 = male" and "2 = female". Perhaps you are interested in checking both of these? Best regards, Michael N. Mitchell See the Stata tidbit of the week at... http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com On 2010-05-13 7.23 PM, Beth Gifford wrote:

c) compare the variable name labels across years to double check that the new sensibly named variable is measuring what I think that it is measuring. (HELP)

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