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st: Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 20:06:06 +0100

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 20:06:06 +0100
Date   Fri, 20 Oct 2006 15:06:25 -0400 (EDT)

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new version of the -descsave- package is now
available for download from SSC. In Stata, do this using the -ssc-

The -descsave- package is described as below on my website. The new
version updates -descsave- to Stata Version 9, adds a -using- modifier
(as for -describe-) allowing the user to access attributes of variables
in datasets on disk, and adds a -list()- option allowing the user to
list variable attributes in the many formats allowed by the -list-
command. It also now ignores the options -simple-, -short-, -fullnames-,
-details- and -numbers- which the old Stata 8 version of -descsave- used
to have (because -describe- has them). However, the new -list()- option
more than replaces these (I think).

Stata 8 users, or even Stata 9 users who prefer the old Stata 8
-descsave-, can still download the old Stata 8 descsave from my website
by typing, in Stata,
net from "";
and then installing.

Best wishes


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

package descsave from

      descsave: Extension of describe creating output files

      descsave is an extended version of describe, which creates up to 2
output files.
      One is a Stata dataset with 1 observation per variable and data on
      attributes (name, type, format, variable label, value label, and
      characteristics). The other is a Stata do-file which reconstructs
      attributes when run, assuming that the variable exists and is of
the correct
      mode (numeric or string). descsave can be used to reconstruct
variables that
      have been output to a generic spreadsheet using outsheet and then
input using
      insheet, or variables that have been extracted (using factext)
from the label
      variable of an output data set created by parmby or parmest. (The
parmest and
      factext packages are downloadable from this website or from SSC.)
      Author: Roger Newson
      Date: 18 October 2006
      Stata version: 9

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