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RE: st: RE: Taking averages, etc.


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@nd.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   RE: st: RE: Taking averages, etc.
Date   Wed, 17 Dec 2003 08:52:53 -0500

At 01:30 PM 12/17/2003 +0000, Nick Cox wrote:
Let's not lose sight of where we started.
Stata has standard constructs

if ... {

}
else {

}

too; the point is that the conditional
testing cannot be vectorised.
Just so I'm clear as to what you mean: If I understand this correctly, if the statement is something like

if x1==1 {

and x1 = 1 for the FIRST case, then the statement is true, otherwise false; it won't matter what x1 = for the 2nd case. So, this kind of structure is not useful for case by case changes. It is useful for things like your earlier

if r(N) == 0 su mpg

where the value of r(N) (or whatever) is not going to change case by case. Sound right?

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