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Re: st: How to re-program -save9- for Stata 13?

From   Sergiy Radyakin <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: How to re-program -save9- for Stata 13?
Date   Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:43:49 -0400

If the original poster wanted to have Stata 9 files for reading them
into SPSS _and_ has access to Stat/Transfer, then the logical way to
go is to convert from Stata (any version *.dta) to SPSS (*.sav) with
Stat/Transfer, and not to older version of Stata format. Newer SPSS
format is superior to the older Stata formats, at least to the parts
which are known to me.

Didn't want to hijack this conversation/divert it to SPSS. How many
users wish to have -save9-?
The current version appears to have generated 15 downloads since April 2011:

2Nick: data availability in SPSS, inertia of already being familiar
with this package, and possibly a collection of already working and
debugged scripts appear to be a most commonly cited reasons by some of
the people around.

Best, Sergiy

On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Clyde Schechter
<> wrote:
> files into Stata 9.  Others have advised on the difficulties involved,
> and made suggestions how to approximate this, including using a .csv
> file as an intermediate.  A substantial problem with using .csv as an
> intermediate is that it will lose all labeling information.
> I have one other suggestion.  Since  he is willing to invest a fair
> amount of time into trying to program this in Stata, I assume that he
> has more than just a handful of files that he wants to convert in this
> way.  In that case, he might prefer to invest a small amount of money
> buying the current version StatTransfer.
> While StatTransfer is usually used to translate among different
> packages' file formats, it can be adapted to this purpose.  On the
> options tab, select Output Options and then set the default Stata
> output version to 9 (or even earlier back to versions 4-5 if you
> want).  Then use StatTransfer to translate from Stata input (whatever
> version is encountered) to an intermediate version that accommodates
> variable and value labels (such as SPSS), and then re-translate that
> to Stata 9.
> (I had hoped to advise just directly translating Stata to Stata 9, but
> Stat Transfer throws an exception if you try that.)
> Hope this helps.
> Clyde Schechter
> Dept. of Family & Social Medicine
> Albert Einstein College of Medicine
> Bronx, NY, USA
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