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st: Problem with date variable in a macro

From   "Josiane Georges" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Problem with date variable in a macro
Date   Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:11:12 -0400

I wrote the following macro, but got a "2004m1 invalid name" - r(198)
error. I can't figure out what I did wrong. Any ideas on how I might
debug this code?

capture program drop auth_cld 

program define auth_cld

use auth`1'_id, clear

gen month1 =`1'

destring month1, generate month = m(month1) replace

collapse (count) id, by (month)

rename id num_chd

label var num_chd "# unique children"

format num_chd %9.0g

save auth_cld`1', replace



auth_cld 2004m1

auth_cld 2004m2

auth_cld 2004m3

auth_cld 2004m4

auth_cld 2004m5

auth_cld 2004m6

Josiane "Josie" Georges
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