I have come across a problem several times that has been relatively frustrating
to deal with. I have data that is downloaded from a site (specifically the
Census (which is why this comes up consistently) in which the first two
lines of the data contain the variable name and variable description
respectively. This is incredibly useful for documenting data. Rather than
attempting to figure out what variable
pct001001 means, the description of the
variable is right there.
The problem with data in this format is that Stata imports variables as string variables with the first observation being the variable description. I could pull the first two lines of the data ...