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Re: st: Syntax of -webuse-


From   "Sergiy Radyakin" <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Syntax of -webuse-
Date   Fri, 10 Oct 2008 17:23:38 -0400

Yes, Clive,

but it is that one case when it should not work like it works. It should [IMHO]

1) abort with an error "varlist not allowed", or
2) load only variable foreign from the dataset, not the whole dataset.

Current beahvior is not consistent with how other commands behave. Not
a big deal though,
but I was surprised today.

Regards, Sergiy



On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 4:53 PM, Clive Nicholas
<clivelists@googlemail.com> wrote:
> Sergiy Radyakin wrote:
>
>> does webuse support variable list? It aborts with an error message
>> when if or in is specified, but proceeds with a variable list. It
>> loads the complete dataset and not only those variables specified in
>> the list (in Stata 9.2/10.1). Is this intended for compatibility with
>> something?
>>
>> clear
>> webuse foreign using auto
>> describe
>
> Works just fine with me:
>
> . about
>
> Stata/SE 9.2 for Windows
> Born 20 Jul 2007
> Copyright (C) 1985-2007
>
> Total physical memory:     1047920 KB
> Available physical memory:  242232 KB
>
> Single-user Stata for Windows perpetual license:
>       Serial number:  [Mind your own!]
>         Licensed to:  Clive Nicholas
>                       University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
>
> . update
>
> Stata executable
>    folder:               C:\Program Files\Stata9\
>    name of file:         wsestata.exe
>    currently installed:  20 Jul 2007
>
> Ado-file updates
>    folder:               C:\Program Files\Stata9\ado\updates\
>    names of files:       (various)
>    currently installed:  20 Jul 2007
>
> Recommendation
>    Type -update query- to compare these dates with what is available from
>    http://www.stata.com.
>
> Click to edit automatic update checking preferences
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> . clear
>
> . webuse foreign using auto
> (1978 Automobile Data)
>
> . describe
>
> Contains data from http://www.stata-press.com/data/r9/auto.dta
>  obs:            74                          1978 Automobile Data
>  vars:            12                          13 Apr 2005 17:45
>  size:         3,478 (99.9% of memory free)   (_dta has notes)
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>              storage  display     value
> variable name   type   format      label      variable label
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> make            str18  %-18s                  Make and Model
> price           int    %8.0gc                 Price
> mpg             int    %8.0g                  Mileage (mpg)
> rep78           int    %8.0g                  Repair Record 1978
> headroom        float  %6.1f                  Headroom (in.)
> trunk           int    %8.0g                  Trunk space (cu. ft.)
> weight          int    %8.0gc                 Weight (lbs.)
> length          int    %8.0g                  Length (in.)
> turn            int    %8.0g                  Turn Circle (ft.)
> displacement    int    %8.0g                  Displacement (cu. in.)
> gear_ratio      float  %6.2f                  Gear Ratio
> foreign         byte   %8.0g       origin     Car type
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Sorted by:  foreign
>
> --
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