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Re: st: Formatting local variables

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: Formatting local variables
Date   Thu, 28 Aug 2008 07:52:25 +0100 (BST)

--- Ashim Kapoor <> wrote:
> I meant a local Macro.
> if I say
> local m=3.123442
> how do I say format %6.2f m and get the right result.

That depends on what you mean by right result. You have to make a
distinction between what Stata has in memory and what Stata shows you:
-format- is only about how Stata displays a variable on screen, no on
how it saves the values. On the other hand the function -round- change
the value that is being stored.

If you want to loose the digits 3442 than type:
local m = round(3.123442, .01)

If you want to keep the number (which is very very much prefered if you
are also using it in computations) than you can type the following:

local m = 3.123442
di %6.2f `m'

-- Maarten

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