# AW: st: re: Programming stata using egen functions

 From "Martin Weiss" To Subject AW: st: re: Programming stata using egen functions Date Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:06:52 +0200

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Let me guess, you never dereferenced the -local-s for the -max- calculation? Note the difference here:

*************
local m_108  2.33
local m_109  3.4
local m_1010 1.2
//with dereferencing
di max(`m_108', `m_109', `m_1010')
//w/o dereferencing
di max(m_108, m_109, m_1010)
*************

HTH
Martin

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Gesendet: Dienstag, 28. April 2009 13:02
An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Betreff: Re: st: re: Programming stata using egen functions

Hi
I am a beginner in stata programming but my aim is to create a “mean”
of the variable logwage to after run the bootstrap.
So when I use rowmax( )  I expect the program to calculate the maximum
of the value of the variables in parenthesis. For each `s’ I need the
maximum value between the `sp’ numbers.
For example: m_108 = 2.33
m_109 = 3.4
m_1010= 1.2
So I want the program to return de value 3.4. When I use the function
max the program returns me the value of m_1010 because it is
considering the max between the values 108, 109, 1010.
So after the program calculate the maximum value within it m_`s’`sp’ ,
I trying to use the rowtotal( ) to sum all of the maximum values and to
end up with just one variable.
Thanks
Anne

Kit Baum wrote:

><>
>egen rowmax() and rowtotal() are meant to be used with more than one
>variable (rather than a scalar) as an argument.
>
>     qui egen `exem_`s''=rowmax(m_`s'`sp')
>
>if m_`s'`sp' is a scalar, its rowmax or rowtotal is itself--a constant
>value for each row (observation). What are you trying to do?
>
>
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