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st: Is it possible to use --rename-- with the renumber option to rename variables in reverse order?


From   Aaron Kirkman <ak1795mailserv@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Is it possible to use --rename-- with the renumber option to rename variables in reverse order?
Date   Sat, 27 Oct 2012 20:35:10 -0500

Dear Statalist,

I have a dataset with variables v2 through v11, in that order. I'd
like to rename the variables v2009, v2008, v2007, etc. down to v2000.
In other words, v2 = v2009, v3 = v2008, etc. Is there a way to do this
with the --rename-- command in Stata 12.1 ? Perhaps some variation on:

****
rename v* v#, renumber(2009)
****

which gives me v2 = 2009, v3 = 2010, etc. In essence, I'm trying to
use a similar behaviour but in reverse order. I know that reversing
the order of the data set and using --rename-- in a similar fashion
will work:

****
order v11 v10 v9 v8 v7 v6 v5 v4 v3 v2
rename v* v#, renumber(2000)
****

I'm curious if there is a more general way, since I don't think I can
specify a varlist in reverse order, i.e. v11 - v2 will not work unless
the variables are already in that format.

Thank you,

Aaron Kirkman
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