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Tirthankar Chakravarty <tirthankar.chakravarty@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: Importing data with improper variable names |

Date |
Tue, 3 Aug 2010 22:02:40 +0530 |

And add the following two lines to make your data pristine: *************************** drop in 1 destring, replace *************************** T 2010/8/3 Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com>: > Glenn Hoetker <ghoetker@igb.illinois.edu>: > > You could write a little do file that does all of the requisite > preprocessing. Try these suggestions out: > > file open fh using /temp.txt, write > file write fh `" "Name", "2001", "2002", "2003""' _n > file write fh `" "Fred", "3", "3", "0" "' _n > file close fh > > insheet using /temp.txt, clear > l, noo > forv i=1/4 { > if real("`=v`i'[1]'")==. { > ren v`i' `=v`i'[1]' > } > else { > ren v`i' `="y"+string(`=v`i'[1]')' > } > } > drop in 1 > l, noo > qui destring, replace > reshape long y, i(Name) j(Year) > l, noo > erase /temp.txt > > > On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Glenn Hoetker > <ghoetker@igb.illinois.edu> wrote: >> Greetings all. >> >> I have data downloaded as a text file from a website that comes in a form like >> >> "Name", "2001", "2002", "2003" >> "Fred", "3", "3", "0" >> >> It's just a text file, so I'd normally just use >> >> insheet using data.text, names >> >> However, since variable names can't begin with a number, the last variables get renamed v3 v4 v5. That's inconvenient, because it's meant to be a year. I can manually rename v3 to year2001, etc., but would rather not do so--I'll be importing this data fairly often, v3 may not always map to 2001, and there are actually many more years than I've shown here. >> >> Can anyone suggest a way around this problem? I'm using Stata 11 and have access to StatTransfer. I'm on a Mac, giving me access to both AppleScript and the standard Unix suite of tools to pre-process the file, but I'm rusty with those and would prefer a "pure Stata" solution if feasible. >> >> Thank you for any pointers. >> >> Glenn > > * > * 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/ > -- To every ω-consistent recursive class κ of formulae there correspond recursive class signs r, such that neither v Gen r nor Neg(v Gen r) belongs to Flg(κ) (where v is the free variable of r). * * 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: Importing data with improper variable names***From:*Glenn Hoetker <ghoetker@igb.illinois.edu>

**Re: st: Importing data with improper variable names***From:*Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com>

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