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RE: st: syntax error help is needed

From   "Rodrigo Alfaro A." <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: syntax error help is needed
Date   Fri, 25 Jul 2008 08:49:20 -0400


Probably Eva's answer will solve the problem. In addition, you use
-preserve- but you do not have -restore- in the code, so it you do not
need to restore the dataset, then do not preserve it. Also, you may want
to have -tempvar codei codej- and write: gen `codei' = `1', etc.
Finally, you can use -set trace on/off- to track your code. HTH,


-----Mensaje original-----
[] En nombre de Eva Poen
Enviado el: Viernes, 25 de Julio de 2008 07:58 a.m.
Asunto: Re: st: syntax error help is needed


I haven't looked at the rest of your code, only at the syntax statement.
Simply make this option -band(real)-. It is a compulsory option, so you
don't need a default value for it. The user is required to enter a value
for -band-. If you want to have it as an optional option with a default
value, change the line to

syntax varname using/ , dist(name) save(string) [ band(real 1000)  ]

Hope this helps,

2008/7/25 Sasha Shepotylo <>:
> Hi,
> I am using Stata 9.2 and XP.
> I wrote an ado file:
> program define skernel
> version 9.2
> syntax varname using/ , dist(name) band(real 1000) save(string)
> /* Generating kernel matrix */
> preserve
> gen codei=`1'
> gen codej=`1'
> fillin codei codej
> sort codei codej
> merge codei codej using "`using'", nok keep codei codej `dist'
> replace `dist'=cond(`dist'<=`band',1,0) reshape wide `dist', i(codei) 
> j(codej) string drop codei
> mata: matrixsave("`save'")
> end
> and try to use it in the following command:
> skernel code using "$p\Income\dist_cepii" , dist(distw) band(1000)
> save("$p\Income\K")
> but it gives me an error message invalid syntax r(197).
> I have variable called code and I tried different values of band 
> option. In fact I do have another program that has similar structure 
> but do not have option called band.
> Obviously, I suspect that there is something wrong with the way I 
> specify my option band.
> Best,
> OS
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