[EpiData-list] Re: Problem with underscore character in variable name

epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca
Sun Oct 19 22:38:36 CDT 2008

In the DEFINE.HTM documentation is written "

Variable names in the DEFINE statement must be 10 or fewer
characters.Variable names may not begin with a number or contain spaced,
hyphens or other punctuation, although the underline character "_" is
Annemieke van Middelkoop
Pretoria, South Africa

On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 9:45 PM, <epidata-list at lists.umanitoba.ca> wrote:

> "According to the documentation, an underscore character is allowed in
> variable names. And, indeed, I have no problem defining new variable names
> with an underscore and using them in analysis (v2.1.0.151). .... However,
> when the data have been saved and one opens the file for further analysis,
> the variable has been renamed v1 (or v2, etc). "
> Actually this is a bug in analysis. Will be corrected.
> Explicitly _ is NOT allowed. Where in the documentation is _ allowed. This
> is a misrepresentation.
> The reason is :  _ is the representation of a string variable in the qes
> file, but apparently we made an error in the analysis allowing for this on
> generate. (e.g. gen i abc_d = 1  or define abc_d # )
> regards
> Jens Lauritsen
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