Status:Closed    Asked:Jun 20, 2016 - 12:34 PM

LIst of Created Variables

A variable (OFFPOV400) I had created last year is no longer available (at least that I can see). Can it be restored? Thanks in advance.

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Unfortunately, variables created in the online data analysis tool are not preserved between data releases. Moreover, since the created variable namespace is shared for all users, it is possible for a user to overwrite another user's created variable. Since the current system does not allow for user-based variable storage or variable persistence between releases we do not recommend users depend on these created variables for ongoing research. The best option would be to create an extract and generate the variables in the statistical package of your choice. If you prefer to work in the online data analysis tool, I would recommend taking detailed notes of the created variables' specifications to make reproducing the variables easier in the future.

I'm sorry I don't have a better solution. I hope this helps.


Jun 21, 2016 - 12:23 PM

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