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Re: st: Assign variable labels after importing data from Microsoft Excel


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Assign variable labels after importing data from Microsoft Excel
Date   Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:00:51 +0000

Eric's suggestion is good, but I know no reason to call -destring-
repeatedly. Instead of

foreach x of varlist * {
   cap destring `x', replace
 }

try

destring , replace

as much of the code in -destring- is devoted to dealing with existing
string variables or other problems gracefully.

Nick

On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 6:43 PM, Eric Booth <eric.a.booth@gmail.com> wrote:

> *********
> clear
> input str15 (id  time var1   var2    var3)
> label_id    label_time  label_var1  label_var2   label_var3
> 1     1960     123  1234   a34
> end
>
> **
> foreach x of varlist * {
>   label var `x' `"`=`x'[1]'"'
>        }
> drop in 1
> foreach x of varlist * {
>   cap destring `x', replace
>        }
> desc
> ********
>

 On Mar 19, 2012, at 1:30 PM, Iulian Ihnatov wrote:

>> I need to import a Microsoft Excel sheet content (panel data) in Stata 12 that looks as follows:
>> id              time                  var1               var2                var3 .....
>> label_id    label_time       label_var1    label_var2       label_var3 ...
>> 1                1960                123                1234               234
>> ...
>>
>> My problem is to use the values of the second row as value labels for the variable names in the first row. The - import excel - part is the easy one. I looked through the variable label management modules on the SSC archive and could't find an appropriate package to solve my problem. Thus, any help would be highly appreciated.

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