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st: macro multiplication

From   Daniel Egan <>
Subject   st: macro multiplication
Date   Mon, 28 Nov 2005 22:59:58 +0000

hello all,

I am baffled by something I just encountered. Then again, i haven't
been using Stata for 2 months, so its possible I am just still
thinking in another language.

I am writing what amounts to a simulation in stata, mostly using only
globals and macros. When I try to multiply two macros, I get a
"invalid name" error.

The relevant code is:

global mua=-1
local na=1
local mpa=`mua' *`na'

Sorry if this is obvious. I did search help/archives.



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