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RE: st: Stata 12 and HLM Software

From   Richard Williams <>
To, "" <>
Subject   RE: st: Stata 12 and HLM Software
Date   Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:08:42 -0500

At 04:16 PM 4/9/2012, James Stark wrote:

I run these commands:

sort zip
hlm mkmdm using J:\Data\Test, id2(zip) l1(cid female age25_44 age45_64 age_65) l2(zippoverty ziphispanic) replace

Running these commands results in these Stata statements:

file J:\Data \Test.dta saved
file HLM2MDM.STS not found

and HLM momentarily opens to say it does not recognize this version of Stata.

Note, the associated .mdmt file (created by HLM during this process) is created in my directory.

I know HLM works with Stata because I can run HLM using Stata 12 provided the MDM file and STS file have already been created.

As for my older version of Stata 11, that has been uninstalled.

I tried saving the Stata file using saveold but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I have to open that file in Stata 12 in order to sort the data so maybe saving as an older version doesn't matter?


The FAQ for hlm 6 says "Will now read files from SPSS and Stata, up to SPSS version 16 and Stata version 10." I'm not sure why you didn't have problems with Stata 11 though.

I notice that some of the programs that come with hlm.ado, e.g. hlmmkmdm2.ado, include -save- commands. Maybe changing them to -saveold- would do the trick. -set trace on- might help you to pinpoint exactly where the problem is occurring.

This is apparently another example of where version control doesn't save you, because Stata still saves in the most current file format. Never uninstall an old version of Stata if you don't have to -- it may come in handy some day.

Richard Williams, Notre Dame Dept of Sociology
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