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Re: st: adding variables to a new data file

From   Steve Nakoneshny <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: adding variables to a new data file
Date   Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:31:35 -0700

Hi David,

It isn't clear to me why you would need a loop in the first place to identify your variables of interest. Is the size of your dataset a limiting factor due to your version of Stata? Can you not simply keep a running tally of the variables you want to keep and export them en masse?  Perhaps through the judicious use of a do file?


On 2013-02-12, at 3:21 PM, David Epstein wrote:

> Dear Stata-folks,
> This must be a really easy question to answer, but I'm feeling
> stumped. I have a data set with a large number of variables in it. I
> want to create a new data set with a subset of those variables, with
> the exact variables to be exported being read off a loop a few
> variables at a time.
> So for instance I first want to export the key identifying variable,
> which in my case is date. So I will:
> preserve
> keep date
> save temp, replace
> restore
> Then I'll loop through my loop once and get the names of five
> variables I want to add to temp, call them v1 v2 v3 v4 v5. The next
> time through, I'll get variables v6 through v10, and so on until I've
> added, say 50 variables to temp.
> My question is, what do my loops look like? Am I merging each time
> through? Keeping, say, date v1 v2 v3 v4 v5, merging, then restoring? I
> could, but that seems like it could take a while to keep preserving
> and restoring all the time. Plus, I keep having to save the temp file
> and then switch back to the master data set. Isn't there a command
> that says "take these variables from my current data set and add them
> to another data set?"
> Any help appreciated.
> David Epstein
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