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Re: st: how to rename a set of variables using foreach


From   Phil Clayton <philclayton@internode.on.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: how to rename a set of variables using foreach
Date   Sun, 5 Feb 2012 23:09:15 +1100

One way is to use `=exp' to generate `n' - 2 on the fly:

drop inccatd1 inccatd2
foreach n of numlist 3/14 {
	rename inccatd`n' inccatd`=`n'-2'
}

Phil

On 05/02/2012, at 11:04 PM, Ekaterina Hertog wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have a dataset with several dummy variables for income categories named:
> 
> inccatd1 inccatd2 inccatd3 inccatd4 inccatd5 etc till inccatd14
> 
> and I'd like to go 2 steps down in the numbers of income categories: i.e. I want inccatd3 to become inccatd1 etc.
> and I cannot quite figure out whether I can do it with foreach or not and all the advice I found so far is on using string commands.
> I would be grateful for advice.
> Ekaterina
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