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st: Keeping Stata from unabbreviating variables

From   Andrew Felton <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Keeping Stata from unabbreviating variables
Date   Mon, 17 Jan 2005 12:20:08 -0800 (PST)


Is there a way to keep Stata from automatically
un-abbreviating variable names?  I had a situation
recently where I had a lot of variables with similar
names.  Some of them had a secondary variable with "p"
after the name, and sometimes there was just the "p"
variable -- so I had, e.g., q1, q2, q2p, q3p, q4, etc.

I wanted to do something like label val q3 q3label --
and have this fail if there was no q3 in the set, not
to automatically apply the command to q3p as it would
as stands.  I ended up using a roundabout method using
"ds" and looking word-by-word for a match within
r(varlist) -- but I am curious if there is a better

Is there a setting for this?


Andy Felton
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