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Re: st: Importing variable and value labels from txt file

From   "Eva Poen" <>
Subject   Re: st: Importing variable and value labels from txt file
Date   Tue, 20 May 2008 14:39:08 +0100

As far as I know, the only way in which Stata can define and apply
labels is via the -label define-, -label values- and -label variable-
commands. From what you say it's difficult to see what your ultimate
goal is. Do you have label information that is stored separatedly from
the dataset, and you are looking for the most efficient way of
combining the two? Are you going to have to do this not once but
repeatedly? What format is this information in now?

I've done something similar to this in the past, with value label and
variable label information stored in Access tables. It's quite easy to
read this information into Stata, loop over the observations and
create the -label- statements from that. What is best for you really
depends on the complexity and the setup. People on the list will need
more information to help.


2008/5/20 Guillermo Villa <>:
> Dear Statalisters,
> I would like to know whether, for an active dataset, Stata is able to
> attach value and/or variable labels from an existing txt file. In that
> case, how should that text file be structured and which Stata commands
> should be used?
> Thanks.
> Guillermo
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