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st: .dta storage, why is too big?


From   Daniel Marcelino <dmsilva.br@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: .dta storage, why is too big?
Date   Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:30:15 -0300

Hello for all,

today I came across my old and new files size, R and Stata storage
respectively. This got me thinking about why Stata compression is too
inefficient compared to R? Even thought I use variable attributes like
labels R compression is incredible. For example, 530 mb of Stata file
turns into 9 mb R file and about 330 mb as txt file.  So, my point is:
do you know any trick to compress Stata files addition to command line
"compress".

Best,
Daniel
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