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st: RE: foreach question

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: foreach question
Date   Thu, 13 May 2004 21:30:02 +0100

foreach var of local dlist {
	generate dwt`var'=`var'/wt

You omitted the -local-. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Ward Hagar
> Sent: 13 May 2004 21:22
> To:
> Subject: st: foreach question
> This is probably a simple question and will take longer to 
> describe than
> answer (I hope.)
> Dataset:
>   I have a list of individual patients, their weight, and a series of
> variable by year (eg, d93. d94, etc) that shows how much of a 
> drug that
> they got in that year. 
>  I want to do two things in a do file analysis, but this is the first:
>  For each patient's year variables generate the amount of drug divided
> by their weight. 
>     I first put the variables in a local macro dlist, and 
> showed myself
> that the marco does contain the      list by display 
> "`dlist'" (without
> the quotations I get an single number)
>    Then I did a test, dividing one variable , say d93, by weight and
> browsed to see if the results looped over all patients, which 
> it did. So
> I conclude that generate dwt`var'= `var'/wt should give me a labeled
> variable for each patient over all of their variables. (Does this make
> sense?)
>    I next tried, in my do file,
> capture program drop dwt
> program dwt
>  foreach var of dlist {
>        generate dwt`var'=`var'/wt
> }
> and wether I then put an end statement or not, I get an unexpected end
> of file error. I'm not getting any output to browse to see if I'm
> getting close.
> All help greatly apprecated.

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