readstata13

Package to read and write all Stata file formats (version 14 and older) into a R data.frame. The dta file format versions 102 to 118 are supported.

The function read.dta from the foreign package imports only dta files from Stata versions <= 12. Due to the different structure and features of dta 117 files, we wrote a new file reader in Rcpp.

Additionally the package supports many features of the Stata dta format like label sets in different languages (?set.lang) or business calendars (?as.caldays).

Installation

The package is now hosted on CRAN.

install.packages("readstata13")

Usage

library(readstata13)
dat <- read.dta13("path to file.dta")
save.dta13(dat, file="newfile.dta")

Development Version

To install the current release from github you need the plattform specific build tools. On Windows a current installation of Rtools is necessary, while OS X users need to install Xcode.

# install.packages("devtools")
devtools::install_github("sjewo/readstata13", ref="0.8.5")

Older Versions of devtools require a username option:

install_github("readstata13", username="sjewo", ref="0.8.5")

To install the current development version from github:

devtools::install_github("sjewo/readstata13", ref="testing")

Current Status

Build Status CRAN Downloads

Working features

Todo

Test

Since our attributes differ from foreign::read.dta all.equal and identical report false. If you check the values, everything is identical.

library("foreign")
r12 <- read.dta("http://www.stata-press.com/data/r12/auto.dta")
r13 <- read.dta13("http://www.stata-press.com/data/r13/auto.dta")

Map(identical,r12,r13)

att <- names(attributes(r12))
for (i in seq(att))
    cat(att[i],":", all.equal(attr(r12,att[i]),attr(r13,att[i])),"\n")

r12 <- read.dta("http://www.stata-press.com/data/r12/auto.dta",convert.factors=F)
r13 <- read.dta13("http://www.stata-press.com/data/r13/auto.dta",convert.factors=F)

Map(identical,r12,r13)

Authors

Marvin Garbuszus (JanMarvin) and Sebastian Jeworutzki (both Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum)

Licence

GPL2