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Phil Schumm <pschumm@uchicago.edu> |

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st: RE: variable label length limit |

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Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:07:44 -0600 |

On Feb 7, 2010, at 11:55 AM, Nick Cox wrote:

The primary purpose of variable labels in Stata is surely betterlabelling of variables within tables and graphs. The reluctance ofStata to change the length limit does not, I think, arise from anymemory limit that would bite hard, but from the fact that variablelabels much over 80 characters would hardly be readable in mostcases. In most cases they would need to be truncated.That's not to deny that in circumstances like yours many users wantto store metadata with their data.The very longstanding Stata answer is to consider usingcharacteristics. See -char- or -notes-.

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