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"Maarten Buis" <M.Buis@fsw.vu.nl> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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st: RE: a question about local macro |

Date |
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 17:55:47 +0100 |

Yes, local macros are defined locally. For instance if a local `x' is defined in an ado file it only exists while executing that ado file, and will not change or use an local `x' that was defined earlier. The same is true in do files. This is a feature since that way you only have to worry about locals that you defined in your own do or ado file. If you want to use macros outside your do or ado file, you should use a global macro. See the User's Guide section 21.3 ----------------------------------------- Maarten L. Buis Department of Social Research Methodology Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Boelelaan 1081 1081 HV Amsterdam The Netherlands visiting adress: Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z214 +31 20 5986715 http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/ ----------------------------------------- -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of Jian Zhang Sent: vrijdag 11 november 2005 17:48 To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: a question about local macro Hello, I have a question about the local macro. I could not figure out why and how to get around it. Hope that you can help me out. Here is the question. In my do file, I have two commands as follows: local IC="IC412 IC413" reg y `IC' The question is that when I run the two commands together it works. But I found that if I then re-run the second command without running the first command, I thought it should give the same results since i have already defined the local macro, so I do not need to redefine it. It turns out that this time stata treated `IC' as empty. That means if I want to run the second command, i always need to run the two commands together. Am I correct? Any explanations? Is there anyway to get around this? Thanks! Best, Jian Zhang * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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