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RE: st: r(610)


From   "POPE, REBECCA" <RPOPE@uams.edu>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: r(610)
Date   Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:56:20 -0600

I saw Nick's post mentioning both solutions, as well as Aggie's follow-up question about insheeting. However, I didn't see a post noting the virtues of one approach over the other, which seemed relevant. If Nick already posted that, it didn't arrive on my end & I apologize to the list for being duplicative. I'll try to catch it in the archives later.

If you were referring only to Nick's post about potential solutions and nothing was posted about why Aggie might want to ask her friend to use -saveold- instead of the -outsheet/insheet-, I would truly appreciate feedback on my view of _why_ it would be preferable for Aggie to ask her friend to use -saveold-. I ask this as much for my edification as a Stata user (since I frequently use -saveold-) as for Aggie's information.

Here is the text from my original post:
"I'm away from my computer right now so if someone else could confirm that would be great, but I think that would preserve any formatting, labels, notes, etc that Aggie's friend had applied to the data. That would save Aggie duplicating any pre-analysis prep work."

p.s. I read the help guide when I got back to my office and it only explicitly mentions labels. The woman I normally send the data sets to isn't in yet, so I can't confirm formats and notes myself as a benefit of -saveold- over -outsheet/insheet-. 

Thanks,
Rebecca

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Neil Shephard
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:41 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: r(610)

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM, POPE, REBECCA <RPOPE@uams.edu> wrote:
> If Aggie is already asking her friend to send a new data set, is it preferable for her to ask for her friend to save the existing Stata set using the -saveold- command?

Thats what Nick had suggested in his first reply in this thread.

Aggie then asked how to read text files, hence the suggestions.

Neil

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