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David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com> |

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

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Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape |

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Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:30:54 -0600 |

Yes, sir. Exactly. Thanks. I'll play around with what you've given me here when I'm back at it tomorrow. Sent from my iPhone On Dec 19, 2012, at 9:06 PM, "Joerg Luedicke" <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com> wrote: > If I understand you correctly, then this would be a possibility: > > clear > set obs 2 > gen id=_n > forval i=1/2 { > gen x`i'=`i' > label var x`i' "label" > } > > local lab : var lab x1 > reshape long x, i(id) j(year) > label var x `lab' > > In this example, the variable labels are the same for x1 and x2, so we > can store the label in a local macro and assign it to the one > resulting variable after the reshape. Is that what you mean? > > Joerg > > On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:45 PM, David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com> wrote: >> Joerg, >> >> What I mean to preserve is the description of the variable stub, in your example the x. x1 and x2 could both, for instance, be labeled as, let us say, "the x factor." When I reshape from wide to long, the description of the variable disappears. I want to simply keep that description, which I thought was called the variable label. >> >> From my own file: I have variables called campus08 campus09 campus10. The description for these variables is the same in all three years (the two-digit number after the variable stub): "Campus ID Where Student Attended School." When I reshape from wide to long, I now have one variable, campus, that has no description. How can I keep the label "Campus ID Where Student Attended School"? >> >> Thanks, >> >> >> ---------------------------------------- >>> Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:24:41 -0500 >>> Subject: Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape >>> From: joerg.luedicke@gmail.com >>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu >>> >>> Say we have 2 observations and 2 variables in wide format which we >>> would like to reshape long. >>> >>> The data in wide format would look like: >>> >>> clear >>> set obs 2 >>> gen id=_n >>> forval i=1/2 { >>> gen x`i'=`i' >>> label var x`i' "label `i'" >>> } >>> >>> . li >>> >>> +--------------+ >>> | id x1 x2 | >>> |--------------| >>> 1. | 1 1 2 | >>> 2. | 2 1 2 | >>> +--------------+ >>> >>> Both variables x1 and x2 are labeled. Now we reshape: >>> >>> reshape long x, i(id) j(year) >>> >>> and get: >>> >>> >>> . li >>> >>> +---------------+ >>> | id year x | >>> |---------------| >>> 1. | 1 1 1 | >>> 2. | 1 2 2 | >>> 3. | 2 1 1 | >>> 4. | 2 2 2 | >>> +---------------+ >>> >>> Where exactly would you want the original labels to go? What was >>> stored in two variables before is now stored in one variable. >>> >>> Joerg >>> >>> >>> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM, David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com> wrote: >>>> The 150 variables I have, however, are the same in each of five files, each representing a different year. The labels are the same. I am simple trying to keep those labels after a reshape. I fail to see how in my case this doesn't make sense. >>>> >>>> Cheers >>>> >>>> Sent from my iPhone >>>> >>>> On Dec 19, 2012, at 8:07 PM, "Joerg Luedicke" <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com> wrote: >>>> >>>>> I agree with Nick that this makes no sense. Say you reshape your 150 >>>>> variables such that you have only one variable in long format, then >>>>> you have only one variable for which you can use one label. >>>>> >>>>> Joerg >>>>> >>>>> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM, David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com> wrote: >>>>>> Okay, is there a way to save the labels and reinsert them after reshape? I'm not too keen on having to retype labels for 150 variables. >>>>>> >>>>>> Thanks >>>>>> >>>>>> Sent from my iPhone >>>>>> >>>>>> On Dec 19, 2012, at 7:24 PM, "Nick Cox" <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote: >>>>>> >>>>>>> How could they be preserved? A -reshape- is not a one-to-one mapping. >>>>>>> >>>>>>> Nick >>>>>>> >>>>>>> On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM, David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com> wrote: >>>>>>>> I'm reshaping some data from wide to long and would like to preserve my variable labels. Does anyone know an easy way to do this? >>>>>>>> >>>>>>>> I've already tried the user-written commands -longshape-, -reshape7-, and -reshape8-. My variable labels were not preserved. >>>>>>> * >>>>>>> * For searches and help try: >>>>>>> * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search >>>>>>> * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/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/faqs/resources/statalist-faq/ * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com>

**Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>

**Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com>

**Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*Joerg Luedicke <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com>

**Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com>

**Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*Joerg Luedicke <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com>

**RE: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*David Torres <writeon4truth2@msn.com>

**Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape***From:*Joerg Luedicke <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com>

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