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Martin Weiss <mw.stlist@googlemail.com> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
Re: st: how to add 23 in each row of a variable |

Date |
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 20:19:50 +0200 |

I see braod agreement on the solution. This thread is a tough reminder, though, of the difficulties that can sometimes seem insurmountable for beginners in Stata. Having had a distraught student walk into my office a couple of days ago with the exact same problem, I think it is extremely important to emphasize that Stata does not exactly "push" subscripting as a solution to data management problems. I would have trouble recalling a single instance where subscripting has proved necessary for me in Stata...

Martin Weiss

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Eva Poen" <eva.poen@gmail.com>

To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>

Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 8:10 PM

Subject: Re: st: how to add 23 in each row of a variable

Fabian,

er, no need for a loop. May

replace number = number + 23

be what you want?

The code for your (unnecessary!) loop as a few mistakes which I am

going to correct anyway.

If you use -while-, you have to increment your counter macro inside the loop:

local i 1

while `i' < 100 {

....

local ++i

}

Else you have an infinite loop, because the initial condition is

always true. -foreach- and -forvalues- are usually much better

choices, and run faster, I believe.

Your condition -while `i' < _N- leaves out the last observation. Next,

number[i] should read number[`i']. _However_, none of this is

necessary! Use -generate- and -replace-.

Eva

2008/9/15 Fabian Brenner <Fabian.Brenner@gmx.de>:

*Hello, how can I tell Stata to add 23 in each row of a variable in the dataset? I do not know what I am doing wrong because it does not work like this: local i=1 while `i'<_N { 2. replace number[i]= number[`i'] + 23 3. } Thanks for your help. Fabian P.S. Thanks a lot to Neil for the help.

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