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Steve Nakoneshny <scnakone@ucalgary.ca> |

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"statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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Re: st: Renaming variables using foreach |

Date |
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:18:52 -0600 |

It would probably make more sense to rename your variables to an informative shorthand and to then give the full description as a label. However, copying the varname and applying it as a label is pretty easy to do with a loop: foreach x of varlist Agricultural_raw_materials_expor - Value_lost_due_to_electrical_ou { label var `x' "`x'" } Steve On 2012-06-26, at 4:08 PM, Suryadipta Roy wrote: > Dear Nick and Steve, > > Thank you very much the help! Actually, I forgot to mention that I am > using Stata 11.2, and what I really wanted to do was to "label" the > variables with the existing variable names (since the current variable > names from the World Develepment Indicators are too long). The idea > was thus to change the long names to var1, var2, etc, and then use > -label- . I would now check if I can somehow manage to get the > variables labelled by their variable names (obviously I can do that > manually as well) in Stata 11. > > And, Nick's solution works and will read into it very carefully. > > Thanks again! > Suryadipta. > > On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM, Steve Nakoneshny <scnakone@ucalgary.ca> wrote: >> Suryadipta, >> >> Your loop fails as you are asking for each variable in your varlist to be renamed var1. Assuming you're using Stata 12, you don't need a loop to solve this issue. You can achieve your desired result (or some reasonable facsimile) using -rename-: >> >> rename (Agricultural_raw_materials_expor - Value_lost_due_to_electrical_ou) var#, addnumber >> >> See -help rename- for more details. >> >> Steve >> >> >> On 2012-06-26, at 3:20 PM, Suryadipta Roy wrote: >> >>> Dear Statalisters, >>> >>> I am currently learning looping in Stata and is stuck with the >>> following problem: I have about 150 variables that I want to rename as >>> var1 var2, etc.. upto var 150. I tried the following: >>> >>> local i = `i' + 1 >>> foreach x of varlist Agricultural_raw_materials_expor - >>> Value_lost_due_to_electrical_out { >>> 2. rename `x' var`i' >>> 3. } >>> >>> I am getting the following error message: >>> var1 already defined >>> r(110); >>> >>> I find that only the first variable is renamed as "var1" and then the >>> loop stopped running. Any help is greatly appreciated. >>> >>> Sincerely, >>> Suryadipta. >>> * >>> * For searches and help try: >>> * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search >>> * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq >>> * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ >> >> >> * >> * For searches and help try: >> * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search >> * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq >> * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: Renaming variables using foreach***From:*Suryadipta Roy <sroy2138@gmail.com>

**Re: st: Renaming variables using foreach***From:*Steve Nakoneshny <scnakone@ucalgary.ca>

**Re: st: Renaming variables using foreach***From:*Suryadipta Roy <sroy2138@gmail.com>

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