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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 13:03:25 -0600

Thanks Nick. 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:03 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: r(610)

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).

Nick

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 3:56 PM, POPE, REBECCA <RPOPE@uams.edu> 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: 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.
>

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