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Re: st: r(610)

From   Nick Cox <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: r(610)
Date   Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:03:16 +0000

Using -saveold- is indeed generally preferable to exporting the data
as a text file for precisely the reasons you identified, the likely
loss of e.g. variable labels, display formats, characteristics
(including notes).


On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 3:56 PM, POPE, REBECCA <[email protected]> wrote:
> 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: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Neil Shephard
> Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:41 AM
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: Re: st: r(610)
> On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM, POPE, REBECCA <[email protected]> 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.

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