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st: rename middle parts of variables

From   Hewan Belay <[email protected]>
To   Stata List <[email protected]>
Subject   st: rename middle parts of variables
Date   Mon, 7 Feb 2011 06:13:17 -0800 (PST)

Dear Statalist,

I have a fairly simple question: I want to rename parts of variables; for example, I want to rename any part of a variable that is “gdp” to “inc”. So the command I’m looking for, once executed, would rename the variable algergdppur to algerincpur, and gdp2004 to inc2004, and turkey_gdp to turkey_inc. That is, the part of the variable I want to rename could show up anywhere in the variable: at the beginning, middle, or end. If there are a large number of variables, doing –rename- won’t do. Nor can I use renpfix or rensfix as these are only for cases where the part to be renamed is at the beginning or end (most of my cases are in the middle). Is there any straightforward way to do this?



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