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st: read dbf files directly into Stata?


From   "Brownell, Peter" <brownell@rand.org>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: read dbf files directly into Stata?
Date   Mon, 17 May 2010 17:35:18 -0700

Hi,

I am wondering if there is a command available to read .dbf files
directly into Stata with jumping through the hoops of -odbc-?

I see that -shp2dta- converts .dbf files together with shape files into
Stata .dta files, but I haven't found any syntax to make it work with
only a .dbf file.

I was opening them with MS Excel and saving them as .csv files and then
using -insheet-, but I then realized that I was losing observations in
some of the larger files because Excel couldn't handle that many
observations.

Worst case, I can load the files on a machine with StatTransfer, but it
seems like it should be possible to do with just Stata. Any advice?

Peter
 
Peter Brownell, PhD
Associate Social Scientist
RAND Corporation - 1776 Main Street - P.O. Box 2138 - Santa Monica, CA
90407-2138
Work: 310.393.0411 x 6746  - Fax: 310.260.8160 - brownell@rand.org

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