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Re: st: copying contents form existing to new variable

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: copying contents form existing to new variable
Date   Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:20:03 +0100

This could be as simple as your new variable not inheriting the value
labels of the -encode-d variable. (Have a look at -clonevar-.)

Otherwise, we need more evidence. What you do mean by the contents
changing? Show us the results of

. describe var1 var2
. su var1 var2
. list var1 var2 if var1 != var2        [example at least]


On 24 April 2013 10:10, Patricia Biedermann <> wrote:

> If I generate a new variable from an existing variable it happens that
> the contents get changed.
> gen var2=var1
> My approach is following:
> 1) My original variable is string and I - encode - it: var1
> 2) gen var2=var1
> At step 2) the contents changes.
> I came along this Thread:
> ..and tried to create a double variable first before copying the
> variables. Anyway, the same problem appears again.
> What could be the problem? It did this thing (gen var2=var1) many
> times and it always worked so far...
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