Don’t forget to take notes


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.

webuse lifeexp
notes

-notes- will return the following:


_dta:
1.  Source: The World Bank Group, Learning Modules,
2.  http://www.worldbank.org/depweb/english/modules/basdata/bdata/

popgrowth:
1.  Population Growth rate, average annual growth % 1980-1998

lexp:
1.  Life Expectancy at Birth, 1998

gnppc:
1.  GNP per capita, 1998

safewater:
1.  Access to safe water, % of population, 1990-96


How were these notes written?

notes: Source: The World Bank Group, Learning Modules,
notes: http://www.worldbank.org/depweb/english/modules/basdata/bdata/
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).

One Response

  1. Whew…now that made me smile…very useful tool especially for forgetful people. Well, assuming the user is not too forgetful to forget saving the data after writing the notes down. I know someone who’s careless enough to do just that :)

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