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Re: st: How can I transfer the variable labels to excel using the outsheet command?


From   A Loumiotis <antonis.loumiotis@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: How can I transfer the variable labels to excel using the outsheet command?
Date   Thu, 27 May 2010 14:52:21 +0300

Thanks to all for your quick help!

Nick: Your solution is perfect for me.

Martin: I will check out descsave in case i need to go back to stata
from a csv file.

Antonis Loumiotis

On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 2:41 PM, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
>
> <>
>
> " I don't know how you'd reverse that in Excel. You would have a column of
> variable labels. I understand that Excel users like to have such stuff as a
> row."
>
>
>
> You can simply copy the column and then "Paste Special -> Transpose" to turn
> it into a row.
>
> But reversing in Excel is not the only problem. The question is would you be
> able to recreate the data in Stata from the csv? I bet not. So -ssc d
> descsave- is still a competitor for this task, I think.
>
>
>
> HTH
> Martin
>
>
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Nick Cox
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 27. Mai 2010 13:28
> An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Betreff: RE: st: How can I transfer the variable labels to excel using the
> outsheet command?
>
> This has never been my problem, but I can think of one work-around.
>
> Assuming the number of observations is at least as great as the number of
> variables, you could copy the variable labels into a string variable and
> export that too.
>
> unab vars : *
> gen varlabel = ""
> local i = 1
>
> foreach v of local vars {
>        replace varlabel = `"`: var label `v''"' in `i'
>        local ++i
> }
>
> I don't know how you'd reverse that in Excel. You would have a column of
> variable labels. I understand that Excel users like to have such stuff as a
> row.
>
> Nick
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>
> A Loumiotis
>
> Yes what I'm actually doing is creating a csv file and i'm using excel
> to open it.
>
> But my problem with the variable labels still remain.  My concern is
> not with the value labels of a categorical variable (which I know how
> to export to a csv file) but with the variable labels of the variable
> names.
>
> For example I have used:
>
> label variable var01 "this is variable one"
>
> to create the variable label "this is variable one" for variable var01.
>
> What I want is to export to a csv file not only the variable names but
> also the variable labels.
>
>
>
> On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Neil Shephard <nshephard@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM, A Loumiotis
>> <antonis.loumiotis@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dear Statalist,
>>>
>>> When I use the outsheet command the variable names but not the
>>> variable labels are transferred to excel.
>>> Is there any way to also transfer the variable labels to excel?
>>
>> As per the Statalist FAQ, it would be useful if you provided the
>> _exact_ command you are using.
>>
>>
>> 1. -outsheet- does not have the capacity to write Excel files.  I
>> suspect you are writing to a CSV (Comma Separate Variables) file and
>> on your OS (I'll hazard a guess at some M$-Windows variant) this file
>> extension is associated with M$-Excel so that when double-clicked on
>> it opens up in that program.
>>
>> 2. The -outsheet- command should be default write out variables that
>> have labels applied to them using the labels themselves, unless you
>> have explicitly specified the -nolabel- option (as explained in -man
>> outsheet-).
>>
>> So, without knowing what you are doing I suspect you mistakenly using
>> the -outsheet using filename.csv, comma nolabel- (or similar) syntax,
>> and if you omit the -nolabel- option you should obtain what you are
>> after.
>>
>> Neil
>>
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