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st: New version of -descsave- on SSC

From   "Newson, Roger B" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: New version of -descsave- on SSC
Date   Tue, 28 Nov 2006 14:34:21 -0000

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

-descsave- is described as below on my website. The new version adds the
options -norestore- and -fast-, corresponding to the options of the same
names in my other resultsset-generating programs (eg -parmest-). The
output dataset (or resultsset) generated by -descsave-, with 1
observation per variable, can therefore be listed and/or saved to a disk
file and/or written to the memory, replacing any existing dataset. The
user must now specify one of the options -dofile()-, -list()-,
-saving()-, -norestore- and -fast-, which specify the destination of the

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
Email: [email protected]

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

package descsave from

      descsave: Extension of describe creating output dataset and

      descsave is an extended version of describe, and creates a do-file
      an output Stata dataset (or resultsset). The output Stata dataset
      1 observation per variable described, and data on variable
      (name, storage type, display format, variable label, value label,
      selected characteristics). The Stata do-file reconstructs these
      when run, assuming that the variable exists and is of the correct
      (numeric or string). descsave can be used to reconstruct variables
that have
      been output to a generic spreadsheet using outsheet and then input
      insheet, or variables that have been extracted (using factext)
from the
      label variable of an output dataset (or resultsset) created by
parmby or
      parmest. (The parmest and factext packages are downloadable from
this website
      or from SSC.)
      Author: Roger Newson
      Date: 23 November 2006
      Stata version: 9

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