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Re: st: Renaming variables


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Renaming variables
Date   Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:31:15 +0100

If you are doing this just once, then using -doedit- to delete the
first 9 lines might qualify as a solution within Stata.

Another is that you can use a so-called dictionary to specify the
first line of data. See -help infile2-. Oddly enough, when I first
started using Stata preparing dictionaries so that Stata could read
them was one of the most frequent activities. When did anyone last ask
about dictionaries on the list?

Nick

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM, BAIJER Jan 212040 <jan.baijer@cea.fr> wrote:

> I have a tab delimited text file that I would like to work on using Stata. This file has a header that I'd like to eliminate; line 9 of the file contains variable names, lines 10 and further contain the observations.
>
> I'd like to "transform" my datafile from within Stata, by dropping the first 8 lines, and renaming the variables correctly. There must be a smart way of doing this ?! I could not find out how to get rid of the generic variable names, and instruct Stata to use the information on a given (first) line of the file for variable names.

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