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st: Renaming variables, bis

From   BAIJER Jan 212040 <>
To   "<>" <>
Subject   st: Renaming variables, bis
Date   Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:35:49 +0000

Hello Stata,

I have a tab delimited text file that I would like to work on using Stata. This file has a header that I'd like to eliminate; line 9 of the file contains variable names, lines 10 and further contain the observations.

I'd like to "transform" my datafile from within Stata, by dropping the first 8 lines, and renaming the variables correctly. There must be a smart way of doing this ?! I could not find out how to get rid of the generic variable names, and instruct Stata to use the information on a given (first) line of the file for variable names.

It so appears (...) that the intended variable names (first observation of each variable) have spaces inthem, so I would probably be looking to try to eliminate those by "subinstr", but I can't get that to work.

I have tried several variants of :

foreach var of varlist _all {

    local NewVarName = subinstr ("`var'[1]'"," ","_")

    ren `var' `NewVarName'


Thank you for helping out on this !


Jan Baijer, Ph.D.
Director of Flow Cytometry

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