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Re: st: Reading and writing Stata data files

From   Friedrich Huebler <>
Subject   Re: st: Reading and writing Stata data files
Date   Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:43:57 -0400


See -help dta- for a description of the .dta file format.


On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM, Normand Peladeau
<> wrote:
> We developed a text mining application an another one for qualitative
> analysis (manual coding and annotation) of documents.  Many people use our
> tools and then export their data to a statistical software to perform
> further analysis.  We already export to several file formats including SPSS,
> Excel, Tab delimited and comma delimited files, as well as a few others. We
> also import data from all these formats.
> Since many of our users are using Stata, I thought it would be convenient to
> be able at least to write Stata data files or files that could at least be
> processed with Stata easily.  Being able to read Stata data files would also
> be great (we merge numerical data with the documents in a single database).
> SPSS has a special DLL that may be used by programmers to read and write
> SPSS .sav files.  Is there such a programming library for Stata files? If
> not, is the format of the Stata data file documented somewhere?
> If none of the above resources exists, I assume that we could write some
> text files with data and importation routines.  What would be the most
> convenient way to do this for a Stata user?
> Normand Péladeau
> Provalis Research

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