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


From   Eric Booth <eric.a.booth@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Assign variable labels after importing data from Microsoft Excel
Date   Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:06:18 -0500

There isn't any.  That's much simpler -- thanks Nick.


- Eric
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On Mar 19, 2012, at 2:00 PM, Nick Cox wrote:

> 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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