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Re: st: keeping variable labels after -collapse-

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: keeping variable labels after -collapse-
Date   Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:44:22 +0000

No, you have not missed anything; your comment is bang on target.
Kit's suggestion is a red herring here, as I should have noticed


On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM, daniel klein <> wrote:
> I might be overlooking something here, but the question is/was about
> _variable_ labels, not _value_ labels. As far as I see, -label save-
> just saves and "restores" the latter. -uselabel- may be used, but it
> seems more burdensome than the few lines of code Nick suggested.
> Best
> Daniel
> --
> The FAQ concerned dates to 2002 (revised 2003): there's a simple
> question whether -label save- existed then. (I am away from my old
> manuals.)
> That said, the macro-based method has some uses. Kit's technique
> presupposes that the variables have the same names before and after
> -collapse-, and if that's so it solves the problem completely. But
> once you start -collapse-ing to new variable names, you will need
> something where you have more control.
> Nick
> On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM, Christopher Baum <> wrote:
> [...]
>> Ingenious, but somewhat unncessary, as Stata will do this for you:
>> label save using
>> replace...
>> do
>> will restore the labels.
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