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Re: st: Re: Lots of date vars, more FU qx for Eric Wruck


From   Sergio Correia <sergio.correia@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Re: Lots of date vars, more FU qx for Eric Wruck
Date   Sat, 12 Nov 2005 21:17:47 -0500

I'm having trouble understanding the exact nature of the problem. Can
you give a specific example of the variables & data you need to
generate? A list of 3 variables with their respective values may give
us some light.

Sergio

On 11/12/05, Clare L Maxwell <maxwellcl1@earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hello again, Eric.  And thanks again.
>
> >No, foreach won't work that way.  Here's an example using forvalues
> >that might help:
> >
> >      +-----------------------------------------------------------+
> >      | mo1   day1    yr1   mo2   day2    yr2   mo3   day3    yr3 |
> >      |-----------------------------------------------------------|
> >   1. |   1      1   1960    12     25   1965     6      7   1968 |
> >   2. |  11     12   1907     6     29   1957     3      3   2002 |
> >      +-----------------------------------------------------------+
> >
> >. forvalues i=1/3 {
> >   2.   gen date`i' = mdy(mo`i', day`i', yr`i')
> >   3. }
>
> Sadly, the variables are not strictly numbered, and it would not be a
> good idea to rename them, especially in the other tasks I do with
> series of coordinated variables.  In your first letter, you mentioned
> that people might find it easier to respond if I gave a better
> description of the problem.  Can you think how this might be put so
> that old hand Stata data manipulators would know what I am talking
> about?  Sorry that this is not exactly a statistical problem.  I need
> to get my data into analyzable shape first, which seems to take so
> much more effort than one would imagine.
>
> Thank you again.
>
>                                 Yours truly,
>                                 Clare
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