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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> |

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Re: st: Re: Fwd: AW: Really basic question |

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Fri, 20 Feb 2009 21:55:05 +0100 |

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HTH Martin _______________________

To: "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 9:49 PM Subject: Fwd: st: Re: Fwd: AW: Really basic question Martin, You are right: I am using version 8. My apologies for not pointing this out! Thanks for your further advice. Ted

<>Ok, several things as before. You seem to be using a version of Stata otherthan 10, which you should disclose beforehand. That being the case, I amunable to comment on older versions.The do-files have been around long enough for basics to remain stable,though. So: you see therun "C:\DOCUME~1\TEDFUL~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\STD02000000.tmp"message, but the auto dataset is now loaded into memory, right? And it wasnot there before. So something did happen. Add the line "describe" to this,and Stata will describe the contents of its memory after opening thedo-file.If your version does not support the -estat- family of commands, run ******* sysuse auto, clear regress price weight turn rep78 test _b[turn]==2 ******** and see what happens. HTH Martin _______________________ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ted Fuller" <fullertd@vt.edu> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 7:39 PM Subject: st: Fwd: AW: Really basic questionMy 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 windowthatlets you store a basic text file which you can subsequently -run- bygoingto "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 dialogboxes.If that is true, then you can simply copy from Stata`s review window viaright-click and paste into the editor opened via -doedit-. Assemble a fewofyour commands there, and -run- them and see what happens.I'm obviously very dense. I found the review window, but the right clickonly gives me two options:Save review contents... Font...When I select "Save review contents...", it tries to save it to a file onmy hard-drive, as opposed toallowing 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 (holddown ctrl while selecting so you can select non-contiguous areas ofcommandsin 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-filemust have some "magic" component which makes it a do-file. But it isusuallyno more than a collection of Stata commands, interspersed with comments(add"// " to the beginning of a line). when you save it (File-Save as), thefileextension ".do" is appended, but that is it, really...All this advice is assembled in -help contents_programming_dofiles-, BTW.Ifyou want examples of professional do-files, try the collections of datathatcome with Stata Press books, for instance http://www.stata-press.com/data/mus/mus.zipFinally, let me give you an example so you can get started faster. Copyitinto the window opened by -doedit- and -run- and see how that worksout...******* sysuse auto, clear regress price weight turn rep78 test _b[turn]==2 estat hettest *******I tried this, and all I got was: unrecognized command: estatI 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: 540/231-8969Theodore Fuller Department of Sociology (0137) Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061 Phone: 540/231-8969 * * 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/* * 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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