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st: How to rename value label names to match variable names?

From   Anna Reimondos <>
Subject   st: How to rename value label names to match variable names?
Date   Sun, 16 May 2010 12:06:46 +1000

The following problem has me stumped.
I have a dataset with variables which have been labelled with value
labels. Currently the variables are names as "a1, a2, a3" etc, and  I
need to rename all my variables so that they are listed as "V1, V2,
V3" etc. This I can easily do. The problem is that I also need to
rename all the value label names to match the new variable names.

For example, the current situation is:

varname  label name

a1            a1
a2            a2
a3            yesno
a4            gender

What I need to have is:

varname  label name

V1            V1
V2            V2
V3            V3
V4            V4

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can rename the label names
to match the variable names? I found a number of similar questions on
Statalist but most seem to be going the other way (i.e from renaming
variables to match the label names)

Thanks heaps

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