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Re: st: querying format for programming


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: querying format for programming
Date   Thu, 6 Mar 2008 13:50:58 +0000 (GMT)

--- "E. Paul Wileyto" <epw@mail.med.upenn.edu> wrote:

> I need to convert the new date/time format (%tc) to the old standard 
> (%td).  However, I need to make sure I don't apply the conversion to 
> non-%tc formats.  (Bad things happen.)  Is there a function that
> queries a variable and returns the format (so that I can capture it
> as a macro)?

First, did you know that you can save files in Stata8/9 format using
the -saveold- command?

Second, you can get a list of all variables with a certain format, to
be specified by you, using the -ds- command, see: -help ds-.

Third, you can get the format of a variable in a macro using extended
macro functions (in particular the extended macro function called 
-format-), see -help extended_fcn-.

Hope this helps,
Maarten


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