Using R for Stata to CSV Conversion

June 3, 2011

(This article was first published on Nor Talk Too Wise » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I recently found myself in the unpleasant situation of needing to read a Stata .dta file, but not having Stata readily available to me. Normally, I’d fire up a text editor and deconstruct the file, except Stata saves its data in a proprietary Binary format, meaning it garbles some of the content of the file.  Lucky thing the R foreign library was there to save the day:

write.table(read.dta(file.choose()), file="output.csv", quote = FALSE, sep = ",")

It never ceases to amaze me how much raw functionality you can cram into one line of R code (without descending into line noise!).

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