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st: RE: Keeping Stata from unabbreviating variables

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Keeping Stata from unabbreviating variables
Date   Mon, 17 Jan 2005 20:46:22 -0000

. set varabbrev off 

added 5 October 2004 

. whelp var abbrev 

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Andrew Felton
> 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
> way.
> Is there a setting for this?

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