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st: Re: data size

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: Re: data size
Date   Sat, 5 Feb 2005 08:27:07 -0500

A method that will a.s. work for Joana is to use Stat/Transfer and its ability to transfer a subset of the variables in a file of one format to another format. It is unlikely that Joana needs to use all of the variables in the SPSS file. Using the codebook, create a subset of those you need, Stat/Transfer it to Stata, and you will have a Stata file of workable size. If you discover a few more variables you need, just repeat the process--since the end result is a Stata binary file, that does not involve much wasted motion. It does assume that you have access to a copy of Stat/Transfer, for which see the Stata store.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

On Feb 5, 2005, at 2:33 AM, Joana wrote:

Thanks for your answer! Still I didnt manage to work with this file. Ive
tryed to take out some variables from the orginal file and still Im not
able to open it in stata... The stata web site also provided with some
advice that suggests that it is not really possible to do it. is there
another software package I can turn to? thank you all! Joana
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