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st: Re: Odd results from wordcount

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: Odd results from wordcount
Date   Fri, 19 Dec 2003 09:52:09 -0500

You should use:

local antvar: word count `varlist'

instead of the wordcount() function.  You must be using the non-SE version
of Stata which will truncate string function evaluations (involving an equal
sign) to 80 characters.

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- 
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Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 8:54 AM
Subject: st: Odd results from wordcount

> Dear listers.
> I am in the process of writing a short program which will repeat multiple
> commands for many variables and combinations of variables. In general the
> user spesifies a variable list and commands, and the commands are repeated
> through all possible combinations of the variables.
> To run the loops the correct number of times I need to know how many
> variables are listed by the user. I do this through a wordcount of the
> variablelist. However, the wordcount seems to be unreliable. The program
> code and a transcript from part of the trace which illustrates the error,
> follows.
> Part of the program code looks like this:
> program redo
> syntax [varlist] [if] [in],cmds(namelist) [lhs(varlist)] [all] [savegraph]
> noisily display "varlist: `varlist'"
> noisily display "cmds: `cmds'"
> local antvar=wordcount("`varlist'")
> noisily display "antvar: `antvar'"
> .
> .
> .
> end

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