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LOOKFOR_ALL: Stata module to search for variables/patterns in .dta files


  • Michael Lokshin

    () (World Bank)

  • Zurab Sajaia


  • Dan Blanchette

    () (The Carolina Population Center, UNC-CH)


lookfor_all is an extension of a Stata program, lookfor. lookfor_all searches through all Stata data files in a current directory and subdirectories for the variable(s) with a specified pattern. The pattern could be a part/whole variable name and/or a word(part of the word) in the variable label. lookfor_all outputs the list of data files where the pattern was found and the list of variables within every data file that match the pattern. The list of files is clickable. By clicking on the file Stata loads that data file in memory and the file became active. lookfor_all can also search directories other than a current by specifying the path for a search.

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  • Michael Lokshin & Zurab Sajaia & Dan Blanchette, 2005. "LOOKFOR_ALL: Stata module to search for variables/patterns in .dta files," Statistical Software Components S455801, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 26 Feb 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s455801
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