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Re: st: -save- a varlist

From   Jeph Herrin <>
Subject   Re: st: -save- a varlist
Date   Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:46:09 -0400

Thanks for the various tips, this last one (-label save-, which I have used in other contexts, but forgot about) being the most useful.

Regarding the other comments:

 * -outsheet- and -outfile- are obvious alternatives that don't really
    solve the problem, in that labels are still lost
 * unless of course I do it twice, once with and without value labels,
    as suggested, but it's not trivial to recreate value labels that way
    with the same underlying values
 * per Austin's question, I can derive variables and save those
    locally; I have many types of nested units, so generally I am
    creating summary values for these different units (eg, patients,
    physicians, hospitals) and want to save them out in separate files
    for each type of unit. and there are some original variables (that I
    didn't create) which I can also save locally because there is no
    identifying data.


On 10/30/2012 10:23 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
Note also -label save-.


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:21 PM, Austin Nichols <> wrote:
Jeph Herrin <>:
And if you do that twice, the -nolabel- option can be used one of
those times, so you have both values and value labels. But why can't
you save the whole file locally, if you are allowed to save several
variables locally?

On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
As Daniel Feenberg underlined recently, you can -outsheet- part of the
data. In the same vein, -outfile- is another alternative.


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM, Jeph Herrin <> wrote:

I have a very large dataset (20gb) that I must access remotely, so that
-use- and -save- each take about 30minutes. When I have this file open,
I would like to create some secondary files that contain only 1-3 variable.

If the file were smaller, I would typically use -preserve-, -keep-,
-save-, -restore- to do this. However, this takes a couple of hours. So
I am using

. export excel var1 var2 var3 using file.xls, replace

Then later using -import excel- to read them back in. This is much
faster, but has the obvious drawback that variable labels and other
attributes are lost. It is also aesthetically unsatisfying.

Can anyone suggest an alternative?
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