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Re: st: Looping for dictionary file


From   "Rijo John" <rmjohn@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Looping for dictionary file
Date   Thu, 27 Sep 2007 19:20:47 -0700

Thank you Joseph. It now works fine.

--Rijo.

On 9/28/07, Joseph Coveney <jcoveney@bigplanet.com> wrote:
> Sorry about suggesting putting the cart before the horse.  It was supposed
> to be:
>
> clear *
> local dict D:/Paper/country.dct
> local outfile D:/Paper/country.dta
> save `outfile', emptyok
> . . .
>
>
> Something else to consider:  Stata often has default file name extensions
> that you can take advantage of, for example, .dct for dictionary files and
> .dta for Stata dataset files.  So, if the files are along the same path as
> in your case, then you can get away with defining only one local macro
> variable for both country.dct and country.dta, as in:
>
> clear  *
> local file D:/paper/country
> save `file', emptyok
> forvalues i = 1/10 {
> infile using `file' if level==2, using(D:\Data\state`i'.txt) clear
>     append using `file'
>     save `file', replace
> }
> sort fsu hamgroup sstratum hldno
> save `file', replace
> exit
>
> If you're just starting out with Stata, then it might be better to make
> everything explicit, however.  (Being explicit will help make the code
> easier to maintain, too.)
>
> Finally, it's not likely to make much difference in this problem, but look
> into using temporary files for intermediate I/O work, see -tempfile-.
>
> Joseph Coveney
>
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