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st: display _request(macname)


From   "Carl Mastropaolo" <accuscience@comcast.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: display _request(macname)
Date   Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:12:55 -0500

Hi

I am modifying a .do file graciously sent by Tirthankar so that the .do file 
requests the alpha value to be applied for a specific analysis.  I would 
like to run the file and then enter an alpha value at will using the command 
on the console.

I am using the display _request command.  Execution of the command stops the 
.do file, as it should, awaiting the entered value for alpha.  After I enter 
the alpha value, the .do file runs to completion perfectly except it always 
uses an alpha value which I had previously entered.  If I start anew with a 
fresh STATA session, running the .do file, even after entering a value at 
the prompt, results in the error message "alpha not found".

Obviously, the value I am entering on the console is not being preserved by 
STATA.

Any help?

Thanx,
Carl 

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