This notation I understand to mean
xt -> x at time t
xt-1 -> x at time t - 1
x1 -> x at time 1
If so, you initialise
gen x = z in 1
and then you replace
replace x = b * x[_n-1] + z in 2/l
where I guess b is a place-holder
for a number you know and note that
"l" stands for "l"ast.
The principle is given by the title
of a useful Stata Tip by Roger Newson:
generate and replace use the current sort order.
Stata Journal 4(4):484--485 (2004)
Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
bpersson@bu.edu

I was wondering if anybody could help me to define a variable
recursively in stata? That is, I would like define each observation x
as the sum of a flow variable, z, and the lagged x variable,
discounted by a factor b:
xt = zt + b*xt-1
The three first x variables would then be:
x1 = z1
x2 = z2 + b*z1
x3 = z3 + b*z2 + b^2*z1
and so on).

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