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Re: st: looping to rename variable names


From   Kate Xu <man.k.xu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: looping to rename variable names
Date   Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:16:06 +0100

Thank you so much Steve. I just used

rename *_* *

and problem solved!!!

Obviously you can see that i am a Stata new user. I will be posting
more when bumping my head into wall!

Kate

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 3:02 AM, Steve Nakoneshny <scnakone@ucalgary.ca> wrote:
> Kate,
>
> Rather than use a loop, it would be far more effective to simply use -rename-. See the extensive examples available in -help rename-.
>
> If you happen to not be using Stata 12, -renvars- (SCC) would suit here as well.
>
> Lastly, it's Stata, not STATA. Please read the FAQ for further details on this point.
>
> Steve
>
> Sent via carrier pigeon
>
> On 2012-08-02, at 7:42 PM, "Kate Xu" <man.k.xu@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> I would like to program a loop in STATA to change the name a long list
>> of variables ending with "_" and a letter, like these:
>>
>> ab1535_a
>> ab32343_b
>> ab089790_g
>> ab3434_t
>> ...........
>>
>> I want to change them into
>>
>> ab1535
>> ab32343
>> ab089790
>> ab3434
>> ...........
>>
>> I can use
>> ds ab*_*
>> local oldname `r(varlist)'
>>
>> for each foreach i of local oldname {
>> rename `i' ????
>> }
>>
>> I don't know how to complete this loop, Is there a way to program this please?
>>
>> Thanks a lot!
>>
>> Kate
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