Stata 15 help for sysdescribe

Title

[D] sysdescribe -- Describe shipped dataset

Syntax

sysdescribe ["]filename["]

sysdescribe dir [, all]

Description

sysdescribe filename displays a summary of the contents of the specified Stata-format dataset that was either shipped with Stata or is stored along the adopath. If filename is specified without a suffix, .dta is assumed.

sysdescribe dir lists the names of the datasets shipped with Stata and any other datasets stored along the adopath.

Option

all specifies that all datasets be listed, even those that include an underscore (_) in their name. Such datasets are not otherwise listed.

Examples

. sysdescribe auto . sysdescribe dir . describe dir, all

Shipped datasets

A few datasets are included with Stata and are stored in the system directories. These datasets are often used in the help files to demonstrate a certain feature.

Typing

. sysdescribe dir, all

will list the names of those datasets.

The datasets shipped with Stata are stored in different folders (directories) so that they do not become confused with your datasets. Not all the datasets used in the manuals are shipped with Stata; shipped datasets include only those used in the help files. To obtain the other datasets, see the manual datasets help page dta_manuals for links to the datasets in each manual.

Be aware that the datasets used to demonstrate Stata are often fictional.

User-installed datasets

Any datasets you have installed using net or ssc -- see net and ssc -- are also listed by sysdescribe dir, and sysdescribe filename will display the summary of its contents.

Any datasets you store in your personal ado folder -- see sysdir -- are also listed by sysdescribe dir, and sysdescribe filename will display the summary of its contents.


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