Stata 15 help for set_varabbrev


Set whether variable abbreviations are supported


set varabbrev {on | off} , permanently


set varabbrev allows you to control whether variable abbreviations are allowed. The default is to allow variable abbreviations.

For the varabbrev and novarabbrev commands, see [P] varabbrev.


If you type

. sysuse auto . summarize mp

you will see a summary of the variable mpg because mp is an abbreviation of mpg and no other variable in the dataset can be abbreviated to mp.

If you turn off variable abbreviations with

. set varabbrev off

Stata will not find the variable mpg when you type mp in a variable list.

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