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Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk> |

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Re: st: Should be simple yet ... how to write a function? |

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Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:39:12 +0000 (GMT) |

--- On Wed, 18/2/09, Fabrice <fcaspam@yahoo.fr> wrote: > how does one write a *function*, i.e. a program that returns > a value, and that can be called like local y = fct(x), where > x and y are numbers or strings. <snip> > FYI, I know about r-type vs. e-type program, and know how to > store results to return to main program. Short answer: you can't. Longer answer: You can leave a local behind using the not documented -c_local- command, so in the example below the program square leaves behind a local called foo *------------ begin example --------- capture program drop square program define square c_local `1' = `2'^2 end square foo 2 di `foo' *------------ end example ----------- You can make a function like program that works with the -egen- command, but this will only make variables. To do so call your program _g<whatever>.ado, to create the whatever "function". You can look at -viewsource _gcount.ado- to see an example of such a program. Alternatively you can make a function in Mata, but that will only function as a function within Mata. Hope this helps, Maarten ----------------------------------------- Maarten L. Buis Department of Social Research Methodology Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Boelelaan 1081 1081 HV Amsterdam The Netherlands visiting address: Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room N515 +31 20 5986715 http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/ ----------------------------------------- * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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