Posted on 15 October 2010 by Mitch Abdon
Writing notes in your data is always a good idea. No matter how many hours you have spent working on your data, there is always the possibility of forgetting important details, such as, data source, definitions, adjustments you made, etc. To show how to create notes in your data, here is an example using Stata’s lifeexp.dta.
-notes- will return the following:
1. Source: The World Bank Group, Learning Modules,
1. Population Growth rate, average annual growth % 1980-1998
1. Life Expectancy at Birth, 1998
1. GNP per capita, 1998
1. Access to safe water, % of population, 1990-96
How were these notes written?
notes: Source: The World Bank Group, Learning Modules,
notes popgrowth: Population Growth rate, average annual growth % 1980-1998
notes lexp: GNP per capita, 1998
notes safewater: Access to safe water, % of population, 1990-96
Now, create your own notes (and don’t forget to save).