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st: New package -chardef- on SSC

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: New package -chardef- on SSC
Date   Fri, 6 Nov 2009 11:45:02 +0000

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

The -chardef- command is a mass-production version of -char define-, and is described as below on my website. It can save a few lines of code when resetting the -varname- characteristic, used by the -list- command to produce listings with non-standard variable headings. It can also be useful in producing table header rows for use with the SSC package -listtab-, which you can download from SSC, and which outputs Stata datasets as tables (with customized headings) in TeX, HTML, XML and RTF documents.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
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
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package chardef from

      chardef: Assign values to a characteristic of a list of variables

      chardef is a mass-production version of the char define command.
      It assigns a list of values to a named characteristic of a list
      of variables specified by a varlist.  If the varlist is not
      supplied, then chardef assigns the values to the named
      characteristic for all variables in the dataset currently in the
      memory.  If the named characteristic is not supplied, then the
      values are assigned to the characteristic varname, used by the
      list command.  If the list of values is shorter than the varlist,
      then the list of values is extended on the right with copies of
      the last value.  Optionally, a prefix and/or a suffix may be
      added to the values.
      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 05november2009
      Stata-Version: 11

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