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Re: st: Suggestion for -confirm var- option
At 03:04 PM 3/12/2004 -0800, Kaleb Michaud wrote:
I just spent some time trying to debug a program, when I realized that the
-confirm var- command does not require the variable to be spelled out fully.
That's a possibly desirable feature. If you want Stata Corp to notice,
it's worth sending such suggestions to email@example.com .
For example, suppose you have a program that looks to see if the variable
"car" exists. If it doesn't, it creates or merges it in. But, if I have
a variable called cartoon and not car in the data:
. confirm var car
gives us _rc == 0 even though the var car doesn't exist and the var
cartoon does. Any way that the Stata powers that be could add an "exact"
option such that the varlist that it is confirming must have exact
variable syntax provided? I think this is often an issue when dealing
with varlists - I know, just change the var names, but sometime this isn't
I and I'd imagine others would appreciate it!
Institute for Policy Studies
Johns Hopkins University
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