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st: RE: simple data input question- expanding macros


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: simple data input question- expanding macros
Date   Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:54:54 +0200

This raises questions on several levels. If the -local- does not do the job,
the -global- probably won`t fix that. Omit the equal sign which is
unnecessary. See the following for an example of what happens:

*******
local color  "red"
cap di `color'
di _rc
di "`color'"
*******

On another level, why do you not paste the strings into the data editor?
Your approach to entering data seems unusual and horribly complicated...

HTH
Martin

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Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 10:35 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: simple data input question- expanding macros

Hi, I apologize for such a simple question. I hope to eventually participate
in statalist on a much higher level.

I would like to input data that I have in strings manually in a .do file.
That is, say I have a for loop going through a list of a bunch of strings,
how can I use those strings to input data?

Say, I have a macro called color.
and, I have an existing dataset with blue and green as observations (there
is only one variable, COL).
Why doesn't the following work:

local color = "red"
input
`color'
end

I tried the above code using a global variable as well, to no avail:

global color = "red"
input
${color}
end


Is there a better way to do this? How do I expand my macro before anything
else happens?

Thank you!

PS. is there any good forum online that might be better for beginner
questions?
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