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st: renaming variables from first observation


From   Abhimanyu Arora <abhimanyu.arora1987@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: renaming variables from first observation
Date   Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:07:49 +0200

Good morning statalist
I would like to rename my variables var1-var14 to the corresponding
values from the first observation.
I followed the post on
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-07/msg00009.html and
modified it for my purpose.

but I got this error

. forvalues k = 1/14  {
  2.   local newname  = var`k'[1]
  3.   ren var`k'  `newname'
  4. }

Code not allowed

Also is it posible to store the values of an observation in a macro?
Perhaps I could then use Nick Cox's -renvars-?

Cheers
Abhimanyu
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