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Re: st: Formatting local variables


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Formatting local variables
Date   Thu, 28 Aug 2008 07:06:41 +0100 (BST)

--- Ashim Kapoor <ashimkapoor@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have small query. Do the formats for printing to screen  / writing
> to a file apply to local variables as well ? I don't think so as my
> experience tells me otherwise.
> 
> Is there a way of formatting the ouput of a local variable? any
> suggestions ?

Do you mean a temporary variable or a local? A local is a string, so if
you want to format it, than you will have to put the formatted value in
the local (and usually loose quite a bit of precision) or control the
output using -display-. A temporary variable is just a variable so you
can -format- it as any other variable.

*----------------- begin example --------------------
set obs 1
// temporary variable
tempvar bla
gen `bla' = 1.000001
di `bla'

// or you can directly -format-
// the temporary variable
di %9.3f `bla'
tab `bla'
format `bla' %9.3f
tab `bla'

// local
local blup 2.0000002
di `blup'
di %9.3f `blup'
*------------------- end example ------------------
(For more on how to use examples I sent to the Statalist, see
http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/stata/exampleFAQ.html )

Hope this helps,
Maarten

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