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Re: st: Re: saving memory local vs usual variable


From   "Eva Poen" <eva.poen@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Re: saving memory local vs usual variable
Date   Fri, 3 Oct 2008 17:51:10 +0100

2008/10/3 Ashim Kapoor <ashimkapoor@gmail.com>:
>
> And I am still puzzled as to why someone would not allow us to set
> local  j=max(list)
> cos that seems intuitive.

If the list includes variable names, how is Stata supposed to know
which observation's maximum you mean? -egen- is meant to work with
variables. -egen- functions are not available outside -egen.

On the other hand, there are Stata functions (-help functions-) which
will work in general expressions. Therefore,

local j = max(4, 92, -35, 399, 0)

will correctly store 399 in local macro j.

Eva
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