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Re: st: List with strings containing spaces

From   n j cox <>
Subject   Re: st: List with strings containing spaces
Date   Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:00:50 +0100

I am not clear why you are doing this in a loop. Any way,
so far as I can see the answer lies in compound double
quotes. That was one of your guesses, but I can't comment
on what you did wrong, because you don't show us any attempt
using those.

local pretty_names `" "Drug name 2" "Drug name 3" "Age (years)" "'

There are two rules at work here.

1. Stata matches " by looking for the next one. You can't nest
" " in Stata. This is Stata's defence against the ambiguity of
(e.g.) "a "b" c".

2. Stata matches `" by looking for a matching "'.

and a meta-rule:

0. Symmetric quotes (in which opening and closing symbols are
identical) can't be nested; asymmetric quotes can be nested.

Don't quote me on that.


Karin Jensen

Help! Yet again I am having problems with quotes. I am trying to
generate a list of strings, some of which contain spaces, in order to
provide more descriptive labels when I write the results of a
regression to a file.

For example:

sysuse cancer, clear
stset studytime, fail(died)
xi:stcox i.drug age
tempname B
matrix `B' = e(b)
tokenize "`: colfullnames `B''"
local pretty_names
forval j = 1/`= colsof(`B')' {
  if "``j''"=="_Idrug_2" {
    local pretty_names `pretty_names' DrugName2
  else if "``j''"=="_Idrug_3" {
    local pretty_names `pretty_names' DrugName3
  else if "``j''"=="age" {
    local pretty_names `pretty_names' Age(years)
  else {
    local pretty_names `pretty_names' ``j''

I would like the elements in the list pretty_names to actually be
"Drug name 2", "Drug name 3", "Age (years)".

Every attempt I make to create such a list (in practically every
combination of compound double and other quotes, tried out of despair)
results in either a syntax error or a list with too many elements,
where "Drug", "name", "2", etc are separate items.

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