If you are working with data that is updated regularly, it can be tedious to have to keep manually importing it into Stata. Fortunately, there is a way to automate this process so that you can focus on your analysis rather than on the data entry.
The first step is to create a .do file that will contain the commands for importing the data. You can do this by opening a text editor and typing the following:
input filename= “filepath/filename.csv”
This will tell Stata to look for a file called filename.csv in the filepath directory. You can change the filepath to wherever your data is located.
Next, you need to tell Stata what to do with the data once it is imported. For example, you may want to convert it to a different file format or to a different data type. In this case, you would add the following lines to your .do file:
save filename, replace
This will tell Stata to save the file as filename.dta in the current directory. You can change the filepath if you want to save it in a different location.
Finally, you need to tell Stata to run the .do file. You can do this by opening the file in Stata and typing the following:
This will run the commands in the .do file and import the data into Stata.
Other related questions:
How do you import data into Stata?
There are several ways to import data into Stata. One way is to use the “File > Import” menu. Another way is to use the “insheet” command.
Can you upload CSV to Stata?
There is no built-in function to directly read CSV files into Stata, but there are a number of ways to work around this.
One way is to use the file import command to convert the CSV file into a format that can be read by Stata.
Another way is to use a third-party software package, such as Stat/Transfer, to convert the CSV file into a format that can be read by Stata.
What is Insheet command in Stata?
The insheet command in Stata is used to read in data from a text file or spreadsheet. The data can be in either tab-delimited or comma-delimited format.
How do I import an Excel file into Stata?
To import an Excel file into Stata, use the ” File > Import > Excel ” menu item.