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Re: st: use of tempfile

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: use of tempfile
Date   Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:13:59 +0200

This is still incomprehensible. Maybe things become clearer when you
explain what you want to do with your dataset once you have created
it. So, give a listing of say the first ten (hypothetical)
observations to show the structure of the wished for data, and than
explain the analysis you want to perform on it.

On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM, Prakash Singh wrote:
> Eric
> In the "before" data set I have list of variable say "n", now out of
> these n variables some variable are so kept in the data set that for
> each state_code they represent sales, export value of certain
> industry. My interest here to transform the data set in such a way
> that these sales and export value for the particular industry as
> separate variables. to put other way around I want to make my data
> free from state_code.
> so if the name of the data file is sales1.dta (before)
> Then using keep if command and renaming the numbers in  state_code and
> other variable I have created data file assigning number identical to
> the category of state_code. the state_code variable is having 20
> different values (category) and that's how I have sales1_1.dta to
> sales1_20.dta after use of keep if command. Now I have to merge these
> 20 newly created data set from "before" situation to get one final
> data set let us call it sales1_1_20.dta "after" situation so that
> sales, export of different industry will come beside each other as
> separate variable in one data file. common_id is the variable being
> able to uniquely identify the observation is sued to merge.
> I could write the code but it gives me unnecessary data file which I
> will not be using in analysis ( all other created data file baring
> sales1_1_20.dta). One obvious answer is that I can delete them once I
> have the final data file but then I thought there could some way using
> that I can bypass save command and that is the reason I have put
> tempfile as the subject of my query thread.
> Prakash
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Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
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72074 Tuebingen

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