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Re: st: Assigning labels of 1 file into another file?

From   "Austin Nichols" <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Assigning labels of 1 file into another file?
Date   Wed, 12 Sep 2007 20:02:16 -0400

David Elliot--does this do what you want?
use data2
labmask code, val(desc)
keep code
merge code using data1, sort
(you can -findit labmask- to get the labutils I think)

On 9/12/07, David Elliott <[email protected]> wrote:
> I have a what is perhaps a related question.
> Imagine, as is frequently the case, we have a main file, eg:
> code measure1 measure2 ...
> with another cross-reference file containing:
> code description ...
> Such code cross-reference combinations are common when dumping from
> relational databases.
> Typically one might do a merge, but this can be a problem if the
> description is long and the main file is very large.  What one really
> wants is the cross-reference file to provide value labels to the main
> file.  This is both fast and parsimonious of space.  I looked for such
> a program without success so I wrote my own.  I would be interested if
> anyone knew of a user contributed program to do this, or if anyone
> else felt the need for such a program, in which case I might spruce it
> up for public consumption.
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