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st: RE: Re: ds command

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Re: ds command
Date   Fri, 13 Dec 2002 10:39:51 -0000

Zhehui Luo
> Some Stata commands (eg., regress, ds) produce shortened 
> variable names if 
> the variable name is longer than 8 characters. But some 
> commands (eg., sum) 
> do not so that. Is there a way of forcing Stata not to 
> abbreviate variable 
> names in the former, especially ds command?

You can always program your own. For example, 
this never abbreviates and writes names in 
40-column fields: 

program def zlds 
	version 7 
	syntax [varlist] 
	local nvars : word count `varlist' 
	tokenize `varlist' 
	foreach i of num 1(2)`nvars' { 
		local j = `i' + 1 
		di "{txt}``i''{col 40}``j''"

Another partial answer to this is to check out -ds3- from 
SSC, offered as one upward-compatible extension 
of -ds2-. -ds3- has a -cols()- option which allows 
some control over the degree of abbreviation. 

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