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Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Preserve Variable Labels After Reshape
Date   Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:04:41 +0000

David here refers to -longshape-, but does not explain that it comes from SSC.

The help for -longshape- does explain that

"...More awkwardly, with a -reshape long- the variable labels of
varlist would disappear, so that it would be         necessary to save
them somewhere and put them back, or at worst to retype them. With
-longshape- the variable
labels, when they exist, become the value labels of a new variable."

Thus contrary to David's implication, -longshape- keeps the
information in the variable labels. Later postings in this thred made
it clear that it doesn't do so in the way that David wants, but that's
a different story.


On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM, David Torres <> 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.
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