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Re: st: destring_loop

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: destring_loop
Date   Sat, 18 Aug 2012 09:40:27 +0100

A more pessimistic solution is not to assume that the first variable
has known name, such as -var1-.

unab vars : *
local first : word 1 of `vars'
local vars : list vars - first
destring `vars'


On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM, Phil Clayton
<> wrote:
> One option is to use -ds- with the "not" option:
> ds var1, not
> destring `r(varlist)', replace
> Phil
> On 18/08/2012, at 4:15 PM, Mahbubeh Parsaeian wrote:
>> I have imported an Excel worksheet to Stata but all numerical variables was converted to string.
>> I want to use destring to convert these string variables to numeric for all variables except the first  variable.
>> Imagine there are 10 variables (Var 1 – Var 10) and the first variable should remain in string format.
>> I have write the following command and it works correctly.
>> destring Var2– Var10, replace
>> This conversion (string to numeric) should be done for a lot of data set with varying length and in each data set the first variable should remain in string format.
>> I want to write a loop for these task and want to use this command in that loop but I don’t khow how is possible to call second variables till the end as we usually done for numeric values ( for example 2/max)
>> Would you please help me to find a good solution?

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