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Re: st: Cannot open dta file in Stata 12

From   Richard Williams <>
To, "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Cannot open dta file in Stata 12
Date   Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:21:32 -0500

My guess is that your supervisor has a newer version of Stata than you do. If so, tell him you can't be expected to work under such inhumane conditions and demand that he get you an upgrade. Or at least explain to him how much easier it is when everybody has the same software.

Barring that, get him to use the -saveold- command for files he wants you to work with. If you are going to frequently need to import data saved in other formats, stat/transfer is a great purchase. You can also download and install from SSC -use13-, which "allows users of Stata 10-12 to load datasets created with Stata 13."

If you are both using the same version of Stata, then I don't know what the problem is. Maybe the file is corrupted or maybe there is a problem with your installation of Stata.

At 11:42 AM 9/3/2013, RUCHIRA RAY wrote:

I am currently trying to open a .dta file, which was created by exporting the data from excel, using a stata software. The .dta file was created on my supervisor's computer and opened fine in Stata on his computer but I have not been able to open it on other computers. I keep getting a error r(610) that the file is not in stata format.

Furthermore, I've tried importing directly from excel but I am unable to check the button for using the first row as variable names.

Could anyone please advise me on why the original data file is not recognised as a stata file and how I could overcome the problem? Also, how could I overcome the second issue of being able to read the first row of the excel file into stata as variable

Many thanks,


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