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st: RE: Parsing not-quite-standard syntax


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Parsing not-quite-standard syntax
Date   Thu, 25 Nov 2004 15:12:09 -0000

There is nothing non-standard here about the 
options, so I will set that on one side: 

program foo
	syntax [name] [if] [in] 
	marksample touse 
	di "|`namelist'|"
	count if `touse' 
end 

shows that the syntax you need may essentially be 
that of your specification. Absent a varlist, 
-marksample- regards every observation as prima 
facie acceptable, but -if- and -in- conditions
may throw out some, as normal. 

I don't however understand the bit about 
variables not in memory. Stata isn't good 
at extra-sensory perception... 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

David Harrison
 
> I want to write a command with the syntax
> 
> command [name] [if exp] [in range] [, opt1 opt2 *]
> 
> BUT, the -if exp- and -in range- are to be applied in a -use- 
> statement, so they may involve variables that are not in the 
> dataset in memory. Any suggestions on how I can parse this to 
> get the locals `namelist' `if' `in' `opt1' `opt2' and 
> `options' that would be produced by -syntax-?
> 

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