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Thomas Jacobs <thomasjacobs@gmail.com> |

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Re: st: RE: A couple of file command questions for writing a .tex program |

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Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:38:12 -0500 |

Nick, As always thanks for the detailed reply. $10 is cheap compared to the time I have spent already. Where do I mail the check? Tom On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote: > The meta-reply is to rummage in [U] as these matters are explained > carefully and fully there. The kind of programming you are doing is > fiddly and you need a decent source by your hand and preferably > transferred to your brain. > > In essence, you need compound double quotes `" "' (hereafter c.d.q.) > whenever you are nesting double quotes " " as the latter are ambiguous. > But c.d.q. do no harm if they are not needed. > > An example of the problem is "a"b"c". Is this > > "a" > > followed by > > b > > followed by > > "c" > > Or is it > > "b" > > nested within a string that starts "a and ends c". You may know what you > mean but Stata hasn't a chance because a beginning " and an ending " are > of course exactly the same symbol. However c.d.q. are clearly different > as `" and "' are distinguishable by programmer and machine alike. Each > c.d.q. is logically a single symbol although typed as two (same story as >>=, <=, !=, etc.). > > In essence too: if you mean $ to indicate anything other than a global > macro symbol you must escape it with \. That's not an absolute as Stata > manages to be a bit smart about e.g. $10 which is what this email would > cost you at a decent consultancy rate. > > Nick > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > > -----Original Message----- > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Thomas Jacobs > Sent: 16 April 2009 20:14 > To: StataList > Subject: st: A couple of file command questions for writing a .tex > program > > Fellow listers, > > I am trying to learn to write Latex files from Stata/Mata with the > file commands and have a couple of questions: > > 1. What is the difference between using simple quotes " xxx " > compared with `" xxx "' type quotes? The user manual displays simple > quotes for write commands > > file write handle "first part is" > > while in the Gini/Pasquini' Automatic Generation of Document article > from Stata Journal vol 6 number 1, the typical example > uses a format like, > > file write handle `"first part is"' > > I would like to know how they are treated differently, if at all. > > 2. A more complicated question. How does one use a $ sign in a file > write command and not have Stata treat it as a global macro? For > instance, the end of the following command: > > file write tex "\begin{tabular}{lrrrrrrrrrrr}\hline\\ \scriptsize > Model & `: word 1 of `:colname e(b)'' & p-val & " > file write tex "`: word 2 of `:colname e(b)'' & p-val & `: word 3 of > `:colname e(b)'' & p-val & `: word 4 of `:colname e(b)'' & " > file write tex "p-val & `: word 5 of `:colname e(b)'' & p-val & adj. > $R^2$ \\" _n > file write tex "\vspace{0.05in}" _n > > generates: > > \begin{tabular}{lrrrrrrrrrrr}\hline\\ \scriptsize Model & FFMkt & > p-val & SMB & p-val & HML & p-val & UMD & p-val & _cons & p-val & adj. > ^2$ \\ > > and I end up with ^2$ as opposed to the $R^2$ term I need for a Latex > math string. I also tried > > `=char(35)'R^2$ > > without any change in results. Any suggestions would be much > appreciated. > > > * > * 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/ > -- Thomas Jacobs * * 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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