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


From   Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: What's new in v12 file format? [was: stattransfer]
Date   Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:29:29 -0500

It has been suggested before that the last update to a version of Stata should include the ability to read/convert files from the new version. StataCorps has replied by saying this is much more difficult than it sounds. But, if this is the extent of the changes, maybe it can be done in this case. Lack of file compatibility across versions is a pain, especially when the gains from a new format seem pretty minor.

At 12:38 PM 8/19/2011, Anders Alexandersson wrote:
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
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>> Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
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>> 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
>>> _______________________
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>>>
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