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st: Stata13 - saveold modifications

From   David Braudt <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: Stata13 - saveold modifications
Date   Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:54:21 -0600

Dear Statalisters:

I have run across an issue in my work with Stata 13 and am curious if
anyone knows of a better work around or straight solution.

The Problem: converting a Stata dataset to an SPSS dataset.

Stata12 solution: use "saveold" command, saving the dataset as a Stata
version 9 dataset and then importing directly into SPSS.

Stata13 issue: the "saveold" command  in Stata13 now saves datasets as
the previous version of Stata, in this case Stata version 12 instead
of Stata version 9 as previous "saveold" commands operated. Stata12
datasets are unable to be read into SPSS version 21.

Stata13 solution: use "saveold" command in Stata13, saving the dataset
as a version 12 dataset. Open new dataset in Stata12 and use "saveold"
command, saving the dataset as a Stata version 9 dataset. Impute
directly into SPSS.

Does anyone know of an easier work around solution to this issue? I
would like to avoid purchasing Stat/Transfer12 if at all possible.
User written commands are welcome if they exist.

Best regards,

David Braudt

FHSS Research Support Center
Brigham Young University
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