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Re: st: Re: FORTRAN


From   Stata SpecialEdition <stata.se@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Re: FORTRAN
Date   Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:37:54 +0100

...and thanks to the author of STATAMOD too!

On 8/30/10, Stata SpecialEdition <stata.se@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have not tried it yet, but the STATAMOD program you link to is
> exactly what i was looking for. Thanks Sergiy!
>
> On 8/30/10, Sergiy Radyakin <serjradyakin@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM, Joseph Coveney <jcoveney@bigplanet.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Stata SpecialEdition wrote:
>>>
>>> I have been using STATA for two years now and I LOVE it. I now need to
>>> do some more complicated estimation in a language called FORTRAN. Is
>>> it possible to read my STATA files in FORTRAN? A colleague said it was
>>> impossible and I would have just save it as an ASCII. Is this the best
>>> way? I just wanted to check whether this is the case with some STATA
>>> (and hopefully FORTRAN experts).
>>>
>>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>
>>> The format of Stata's dataset files (.dta) are published, and so, if
>>> you're up
>>> to it, you probably *could* read them with a suitable FORMAT / READ
>>> statement
>>> (or set of FORMAT / READ statements) in Fortran.  Like your colleague,
>>> though,
>>> I question the worthiness of such an undertaking for any applications
>>> that
>>> you're likely to encounter.
>>>
>>> I'd go with ASCII, just as your colleague says.
>>>
>>> Joseph Coveney
>>>
>>
>> Other options would include:
>> 1. OLE Automation in FORTRAN
>> 2. A plugin in FORTRAN.
>>
>> Both will delegate reading/writing data to Stata itself, and both will
>> provide you with
>> a possibility to get/set values of Data(var, obs). This should be
>> enough for most cases.
>>
>> If you wish to create a standalone program in FORTRAN that can process
>> Stata datasets,
>> the FORTRAN source code to read/write Stata datasets is made available by
>> Andrew
>> Shephard here (see STATAMOD section):
>> http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~uctpajs/software.htm
>>
>> Best, Sergiy Radyakin
>>
>>
>>
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