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Re: st: Using variable label


From   David Kantor <kantor.d@att.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Using variable label
Date   Tue, 20 Sep 2011 23:05:34 -0400

At 07:42 PM 9/20/2011, Yun wrote:
Hi all,
Does anyone know how to list or use variable label instead of variable name in stata?

For instance when you use command: sum varlists.

I'm using stata 11.0
I prefer to use variable label & had read about label in the stata guide but didn't find how to use varlabel label.
I just knew how to create it.

It is the label in variable box on the left in the stata screen, usually appears in the second coloumn after variable name.

I try an example with '"nolabel'" word attached in the command box but seen an error message in red:
option nolabel not allowed
r(198);

Thank you in advanced.
Yun
[...]

If I understand correctly, you want a variable label to appear, rather than the name. Each command has its own "policy" on whether to display names or variable labels.
For example, -tabulate- uses variable labels; -summarize- uses names.
For most commands, there is no control over this. Actually, I am not aware of any Stata-supplied command that gives you control over this behavior, though my experience is limited or I may be overlooking something. Conceivably, it is possible to create a command with that option, but it's not usually done (or I'm overlooking something).

For commands that potentially display a lot of variables (other than -describe-, which gives you both), names are the appropriate choice.

Some commands (for example, -tabulate-) have a -nolabel- option (possibly the opposite of what you had in mind), but this usually refers to value labels -- a feature distinct from variable labels.

HTH
--David

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