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Re: st: Renaming variables, bis


From   Neil Shephard <nshephard@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Renaming variables, bis
Date   Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:42:55 +0100

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM, BAIJER Jan 212040 <jan.baijer@cea.fr> wrote:
>
> It so appears (...) that the intended variable names (first observation of each variable) have spaces inthem, so I would probably be looking to try to eliminate those by "subinstr", but I can't get that to work.
>
> I have tried several variants of :
>
> foreach var of varlist _all {
>
>    local NewVarName = subinstr ("`var'[1]'"," ","_")
>
>    ren `var' `NewVarName'
>
> }
>

Further you've made a fundamental error in understanding how Stata
handles spaces in variable names.

Spaces in variable names are not permitted in Stata, they're
automatically purged and the remaining text concatenated when using
-insheet-.  However, if you're using the suggested -infix- and
dictionary this won't be an issue as you will explicitly define the
variable names within your dictionary.

Neil
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