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Re: st: stattransfer

From   Svend Juul <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   Re: st: stattransfer
Date   Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:28:20 +0200

Peter Lachenbruch wrote:

In trying to convert a Stata 12 data set to excel using
StatTransfer, i got the message that the Stata 12 format
is not supported.

.. and there were a few comments from other users, including
use of the -saveold- command.


This is a bit confusing because -whatsnew11to12- does not mention
any change of file format from version 11 to 12. I actually
wonder if the file format changed at all (and if yes, why?).

If you use the -saveold- command in Stata 12, it creates a Stata 8/9
dataset, so if you have date-and-time data, Stata 10 or 11
will not format them correctly.

I wrote to tech support about this, also urging StataCorp to avoid
changing the behavior of a command without changing its name
(which actually happened in Stata 10: In Stata 8/9, -saveold-
created a version 7 dataset; in Stata 10/12 it creates a version
8/9 dataset).

The documentation (saveold) states that Stata 11 is "smart enough" to
read Stata 12 datasets, but this is currently not the case.

Svend Juul
+45 2634 7796
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

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