# Re: st: how to input a numlist into a matrix

 From Roger Newson To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: how to input a numlist into a matrix Date Fri, 06 Sep 2002 17:39:24 +0100

```At 12:16 06/09/02 -0400, Radu Ban wrote:
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```Dear all,

For a program, I want to input a numerical list into a matrix.
I want to store the list in a local so that I can modify it easily. Namely,
I'm looking at something like:

local nlist "10(5)90 91(1)99 99.1(0.1)99.9 99.91(0.01)99.99"

but then, if I use:

tokenize "`nlist'"

and try to see if i'm doing the right thing by:

di `1'

i get an invalid syntax error.
Furthermore, I'm not sure how to get the size of the numlist so that I can
initialize my matrix with:

matrix A = J(1, size_of_numlist, 0)

Can anyone give me some suggestions?
```
Radu needs to use the Stata command -numlist- (type -help nlist- in Stata). -numlist- expands an abbreviated numerical list like Radu's (with brackets) into a full numerical list, which is saved in the macro result -r(numlist)-, which can be handled by -tokenize- or -gettoken-. The following sequence demonstrates the -numlist- command:

. numlist "1(5)100"

. retu list

macros:
r(numlist) : "1 6 11 16 21 26 31 36 41 46 51 56 61 66 71 76 81 86 91 96"

. local nl1 "`r(numlist)'"

. disp "`nl1'"
1 6 11 16 21 26 31 36 41 46 51 56 61 66 71 76 81 86 91 96

To get the size of this numlist, type

local nnum:word count `nl1'

and the macro -nnum- will contain the size of the full numlist. See -[P] macro- for extended macro functions.

I hope this helps.

Roger

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