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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de> |

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st: RE: seeking text that explains how to program |

Date |
Sat, 19 Apr 2008 00:13:40 +0200 |

Join the club! I went through your pains a couple of months ago with the full docu present, and still ended up screaming for help... There is a book forthcoming "An Introduction to Stata Programming" from Stata Press. Other than that, it definitely helps to trace the action on Statalist and experiment with the examples people sometimes provide. Specific questions are usually answered quickly on the list, so posting definitely helps as well... Good luck, Martin Weiss _________________________________________________________________ Diplom-Kaufmann Martin Weiss Mohlstrasse 36 Room 415 72074 Tuebingen Germany Fon: 0049-7071-2978184 Home: http://www.wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de/cms/index.php?id=1130 Publications: http://www.wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de/cms/index.php?id=1131 SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=669945 -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Jacob Wegelin Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2008 12:09 AM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: seeking text that explains how to program Am I correct in believing that neither the Web nor the help files is a substitute for the hard-copy Stata manuals? Beyond Christopher F. Baum's helpful SUGUK 2005 invited lecture, "A little bit of Stata programming goes a long way", what text(s) or article(s) or url(s) would be helpful for one who wishes to learn how to automate procedures in Stata, i.e., to write programs in Stata? For instance: I'm a raw beginner with Stata's "program" command and with Stata's programming power in general, and don't understand the syntax. The following help file: http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?program gives a tantalizing bit of information and then says See [U] 18 Programming Stata for a description of programs. See [P] trace for information on debugging programs. Neither of these is a link, which suggests that this information is simply not available on the web or in the built-in Stata help files. Also, the help files for "local", for "postfile", and for some other commands appear to leave some questions unanswered. For instance, how exactly does one specify the types of variables in "postfile" so as not to get an error? The help file appears to hint that the default type for a variable is numeric, and that groups of variables with the same type should be listed in parentheses: postfile `memhold' a b str20 c double(d e f) using "`results'" but it doesn't state this explicitly. Is there a book that explains this all for beginners? Thanks for any info Jake Jacob A. Wegelin jwegelin@vcu.edu Assistant Professor Department of Biostatistics Virginia Commonwealth University 730 East Broad Street Room 3006 P. O. Box 980032 Richmond VA 23298-0032 U.S.A. http://www.people.vcu.edu/~jwegelin * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: RE: seeking text that explains how to program***From:*David Airey <david.airey@vanderbilt.edu>

**References**:**st: seeking text that explains how to program***From:*Jacob Wegelin <jwegelin@vcu.edu>

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