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st: Looping and replacing embedded text


From   "Joe Crespo" <joe.crespo@hotmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Looping and replacing embedded text
Date   Tue, 08 Nov 2005 15:45:47 -0500

This is a question about running a loop.

I run identical opperations on several data files containing the same variables but representing different geographical markets i.e., - US states or census regions. As I go through each region the only text in the program that changes is the text that identifies that region.

My question is whether I can replace a serious of commands that are identical except for a census abreviation which is embedded somewhere in the program, with a single command and a loop that replaces the census abreviation anywhere it is found in the program.

For example, can I replace the following lines of commands with a single line and a loop?
_____________________________

do d:\do\new_reg.txt
do d:\do\enc_reg.txt
do d:\do\pac_reg.txt
do d:\do\mac_reg.txt
_________________________

THanks for any advice. Also if anybody can point to a manual that provides advice on the relevant programming language I'd be much obliged.

Thanks.
Joe

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