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st: RE: getting the nth column name

From   "David Radwin" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: getting the nth column name
Date   Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:37:14 -0800 (PST)

You can put the variable name in a local macro, like this:

. ds
. local var3 : word 3 of `r(varlist)'
. describe `var3'

You'll have to do this for each file.

David Radwin
Senior Research Associate
MPR Associates, Inc.
2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 800
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-849-4942
Fax: 510-849-0794

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:owner-
>] On Behalf Of Pradipto Banerjee
> Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:23 AM
> To:
> Subject: st: getting the nth column name
> I want to write a code to read the 3rd column from a few different
> datasets. My issue is that the 3rd column can have different names in
> different datasets. Is there any function or command that returns the
> of the Nth column ?
> For instance, suppose file F1 has the 3rd column as F1xyz and F2 has the
> 3rd column as F2abc, I want a generic way to refer to F1xyz and F2abc
> an -ado- program?

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