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st: AW: Nested loops by observation

From   "Martin Weiss" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: AW: Nested loops by observation
Date   Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:01:14 +0200


The questions are difficult/impossible to answer without an example dataset.
Still, I have a hunch that you should look at 

help reshape

Quite often, -reshape- makes seemingly intractable problems surprisingly

The -if- commands (like "if dgc`chron_cyc1'_1b_cde == 1" ) that you use
evaluate only the first observations in your dataset, nothing else...


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[] Im Auftrag von David Sabapathy
Gesendet: Montag, 20. Juli 2009 18:45
Betreff: st: Nested loops by observation

I have a question related to the FAQ "if command versus if qualifier".  For
each observation in a dataset I need to perform a series of nested loops
("forvalues" / "if") on a longitudinal variable set to evaluate whether a
"chronic" medication condition exists.  That is, each observation contains
multiple years of survey information (the dgc* variables below) which is
being analyzed and if a chronic condition exists a new variable "chronic" is
set to 1.  I can't use the nested commands as shown below in a simplified
version of the code as they only work on the first observation.  However I
also can't use this nested code as a qualifier (i.e. replace chronic = 1 if
...) as syntax does not appear to allow this type of nesting.  Is there
anyway I can step through observations one by one with this nested code?
Any other possible solutions?
Thank you for any help you can provide,

gen chronic = .

forvalues cycle = 1(1)4 {
     if dgc`cycle'_1b_cde == 0 {                       // if no med use
cycle i
          local chron_cyc1 = `cycle' + 1
          if dgc`chron_cyc1'_1b_cde == 1 {       // if med use cycle_i+1
               local chron_cyc2 = `cycle' + 2
               if dgc`chron_cyc2'_1b_cde == 1 {  // if med use cycle_i+2
                    if dhc`chron_cyc1'_age >=65 & dhc`chron_cyc2'_age >=65 {
                         // "replace chronic = 2"
                   else {
                          // "replace chronic = 1"

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