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GREP: Stata module to search within your datasets for keywords


  • Nikos Askitas

    () (IZA, Bonn)


grep emulates the unix/linux command by the same name and will of course run on all operating systems. You can use it to parse any list of dta files and find ones with variables whose variable name or variable labels contain strings that interest you. It display the results in smcl format and they are clickable to you can directly describe the results. Furthermore it returns everything including datasets and variables found so you can program on top of it.

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  • Nikos Askitas, 2009. "GREP: Stata module to search within your datasets for keywords," Statistical Software Components S457002, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 28 Mar 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s457002
    Note: This module should be installed from within Stata by typing "ssc install grep". The module is made available under terms of the GPL v3 ( Windows users should not attempt to download these files with a web browser.

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