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st: RE: Insheet question

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Insheet question
Date   Fri, 27 Feb 2004 15:19:52 -0000

My copy of the User's Guide includes a list of reserved
names at [U] 14.3. "if" is not allowed as a variable name.

A variable name, like other names, must not exceed 32 characters
in length. The other rules for names are at the same place. 

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Robin Newberry
> I'm trying to read a tab delimited file into a Stata (Intercooled 
> 8.2) data set using insheet. It's fairly large (3800+ observations, 
> 424 variables) and the first line contains the variable names. 
> Without the variable name line Stata reads it in fine, but with the 
> variable name line I get a
> "if invalid varname
> error in line 1 of file"
> error message. I've looked at the variable names, but I don't see 
> anything obviously wrong, and the Stata help file doesn't say much 
> about what constitutes valid variable names, nor is the User's Guide 
> overwhelmingly informative on this issue. Anyone know what the 
> maximum length for a variable name is? Any other common pitfalls 
> unique to Stata I should look for?

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