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st: Fwd: AW: Really basic question


From   Ted Fuller <fullertd@vt.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Fwd: AW: Really basic question
Date   Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:39:37 -0500

My thanks to Martin, but I am still not getting very far.
See my notes below.
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:51:34 +0100
From: Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

<>


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".


I can open the window that Martin refers to.

Type, for instance, -sysuse auto, clear- in there and see
what happens when you -run- that.

All I get is:

. run "C:\DOCUME~1\TEDFUL~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\STD02000000.tmp"

I don't know what it means. I doesn't seem very interesting.


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.

I'm obviously very dense. I found the review window, but the right click only gives me two options:
Save review contents...
Font...

When I select "Save review contents...", it tries to save it to a file on my hard-drive, as opposed to
allowing me to paste it into my editor.
Please see one more comment below.


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 tried this, and all I got was:
unrecognized command:  estat

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

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

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