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st: AW: Really basic question


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: AW: Really basic question
Date   Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:51:34 +0100

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Well, several things really. First, type -doedit- and you get a window that
lets you store a basic text file which you can subsequently -run- by going
to "Tools- Run". Type, for instance, -sysuse auto, clear- in there and see
what happens when you -run- that. 

Now you argue that you do know how to operate Stata from the dialog boxes.
If that is true, then you can simply copy from Stata`s review window via
right-click and paste into the editor opened via -doedit-. Assemble a few of
your commands there, and -run- them and see what happens. 

Even easier: Choose your commands that you want in the command file (hold
down ctrl while selecting so you can select non-contiguous areas of commands
in the review window), right-click and select "Send to Do-File Editor". 

What I pick up between the lines in your post is that you think a do-file
must have some "magic" component which makes it a do-file. But it is usually
no more than a collection of Stata commands, interspersed with comments (add
"// " to the beginning of a line). when you save it (File-Save as), the file
extension ".do" is appended, but that is it, really...

All this advice is assembled in -help contents_programming_dofiles-, BTW. If
you want examples of professional do-files, try the collections of data that
come with Stata Press books, for instance
http://www.stata-press.com/data/mus/mus.zip


Finally, let me give you an example so you can get started faster. Copy it
into the window opened by -doedit- and -run- and see how that works out...

*******
sysuse auto, clear
regress price weight turn rep78
test _b[turn]==2
estat hettest
*******

I am forwarding this to the list. Feel free to reply to the list, making
sure that you post as "text-only" along the way...


HTH
Martin


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Ted Fuller [mailto:fullertd@vt.edu] 
Gesendet: Freitag, 20. Februar 2009 18:19
An: Martin Weiss
Betreff: Really basic question

Martin,
I have a really basic question.
I am used to using Stata with dialog boxes, but I think it would be 
useful to use command files.
For the life of me, I can't figure out how to do that by reading the 
documentation available in the "help"
EG Help - Contents - Basics - Syntax.
Actually, I think I could figure out how to write (most of) the 
commands, but I can't figure out where to store them. Then, having 
stored them, I'm not sure how to tell Stata to run just a few lines 
that of code that I have stored.
Can you give me some pointers?
Thanks!
Ted Fuller



Theodore Fuller
Department of Sociology (0137)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540/231-8969 


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