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Re: st: Help with Reading Arguments for Do-File


From   Sergio Correia <sergio.correia@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Help with Reading Arguments for Do-File
Date   Sun, 13 Nov 2005 22:00:48 -0500

Its only the quotations..

to use a macro you need to write `1' , not '1' ( " ` " is in some
keyboards a "french grave accent" or something like that)

Sergio

On 11/13/05, George Stimson <stimson@netz.us> wrote:
> Thanks again for the help several of you provided in response to my
> earlier query.
>
> As I said before, I'm a new user and am working with Stata 9.1 for
> Windows under Windows XP with SP2.
>
> I'm now trying to learn another simple programming task that ought to be
> easy, but I can't make it work -- even though I believe I've followed
> the manual's examples exactly.  (I have read sections 16.6.1 and 18.4.
> in the User's Guide, and cannot identify what I'm doing wrong.)
>
> The following transcript from an interactive session shows one instance
> of the code I've tried and displays the resulting error in reading
> arguments:
>
> . clear all
>
> . program myprog
>   1. webuse auto
>   2. correlate '1' '2'
>   3. end
>
> . myprog mpg price
> (1978 Automobile Data)
> ' invalid name
> r(198);
>
> (I'm was running this interactively, which is why the lines in the
> program are numbered.)
>
> If anyone can help me figure out what I'm doing wrong and why my code
> does not accept the arguments, I'd be very grateful.
>
> Cheers,
> George
>
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