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Re: st: Decoding expansion fields in dta files

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Decoding expansion fields in dta files
Date   Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:06:53 +0100

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On 22 April 2013 16:51, Brian Quistorff <> wrote:

> I would like to be able to extract my characteristics (-char-) and
> non-"current" multilingual labels (-label language-) from my saved
> .dta files. The -help dta- says that the characteristics are stored in
> the expansion fields of the file. Looking at the raw files it appears
> that the other multilingual labels are stored in those fields as well.
> How does one decode these fields? I can't find anything in
> manuals/online. I'm using Stata/SE 12.1 for Windows (64-bit x86-64).
> The files are saved in format 115, but if there are changes in how
> these attributes are stored for earlier formats, help on those would
> also be appreciated.
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