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Re: st: What's new in v12 file format? [was: stattransfer]


From   Anders Alexandersson <andersalex@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: What's new in v12 file format? [was: stattransfer]
Date   Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:38:31 -0400

I guess the difference is the new business calendar format, which is
known technically as %tb.

Anders Alexandersson
andersalex@gmail.com


On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Nick Winter <nwinter@virginia.edu> wrote:
> I just compared the documentation of the dta file format for v11 and v12
> (i.e., dataset format 114 and dataset format 115) available in -help dta-
> from each version of Stata.  That turned up no differences other than the
> actual dataset format version number.
>
> Can Statacorp explain the difference?
>
> Best,
> Nick Winter
>
> On 8/18/2011 3:18 PM, Roger Newson wrote:
>>
>> Thanks to Svend for this timely warning about the potential hazards of
>> -saveold-.
>>
>> It is difficult to find these deep technical details in the official
>> Stata documentation, although there seems to be a lot of stuff in -[P]
>> file formats .dta- and the associated online help, at least for those of
>> us who can find the time to read them. On the other hand, both StataCorp
>> and Circle Systems (who make Stat/Transfer) need to make a living, so
>> maybe I should update to Stat/Transfer Version 11 if I want to minimize
>> these issues.
>>
>> Best wishes
>>
>> Roger
>>
>>
>> Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
>> Lecturer in Medical Statistics
>> Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
>> National Heart and Lung Institute
>> Imperial College London
>> Royal Brompton Campus
>> Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
>> 1B Manresa Road
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>> Email: r.newson@imperial.ac.uk
>> Web page: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/nhli/r.newson/
>> Departmental Web page:
>>
>> http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about/divisions/nhli/respiration/popgenetics/reph/
>>
>>
>> Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.
>>
>> On 18/08/2011 18:28, Svend Juul wrote:
>>>
>>> Peter Lachenbruch wrote:
>>>
>>> In trying to convert a Stata 12 data set to excel using
>>> StatTransfer, i got the message that the Stata 12 format
>>> is not supported.
>>>
>>> .. and there were a few comments from other users, including
>>> use of the -saveold- command.
>>>
>>> **********************************************************
>>>
>>> This is a bit confusing because -whatsnew11to12- does not mention
>>> any change of file format from version 11 to 12. I actually
>>> wonder if the file format changed at all (and if yes, why?).
>>>
>>> If you use the -saveold- command in Stata 12, it creates a Stata 8/9
>>> dataset, so if you have date-and-time data, Stata 10 or 11
>>> will not format them correctly.
>>>
>>> I wrote to tech support about this, also urging StataCorp to avoid
>>> changing the behavior of a command without changing its name
>>> (which actually happened in Stata 10: In Stata 8/9, -saveold-
>>> created a version 7 dataset; in Stata 10/12 it creates a version
>>> 8/9 dataset).
>>>
>>> The documentation (saveold) states that Stata 11 is "smart enough" to
>>> read Stata 12 datasets, but this is currently not the case.
>>>
>>> Svend
>>> _______________________
>>> Svend Juul
>>> +45 2634 7796
>>> sj@soci.au.dk<mailto:sj@soci.au.dk>
>>>
>>>
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