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Importing and exporting text-delimited data was introduced in Stata 13.

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Importing and exporting text-delimited data


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  • Importing
    • Any text-delimited file (*.csv, *.txt, etc.)
    • Preview lets you see how the data will look in Stata even before you import them
    • Default delimiter is a comma
    • May specify delimiter, including multiple-character delimiters
    • May specify multiple delimiters
    • Variable names may be on any row in the file
    • Import selected row ranges
    • Import selected column ranges
    • Automatic storage types
    • Force specific columns to be numeric or string
    • Support for long strings
    • Double quotes to delimit strings
    • Allows "" to mean real double quotes in data (as used by Excel)
  • Exporting
    • May specify delimiter
    • Optionally save variable names in first row of data
    • Support for long strings

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The new commands for easily importing and exporting data to and from Stata are import delimited and export delimited.

import delimited is the star of the two. Exporting from Stata has always been easy.

Do you see the preview at the bottom of the screenshot? We have not yet imported any data! We are in the process of filling in the dialog box. As we work, we see exactly how our data would look if we were to import them into Stata using the current settings.

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See the import and export delimited manual entry.

There's an import excel, too.

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