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st: AW: Reference column without knowing variable name?


From   <Stefan.Gawrich@hlpug.hessen.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: AW: Reference column without knowing variable name?
Date   Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:39:35 +0100

Martins solution is perfectly right. 
I want to add a very basic solution. 

What you need for that task is 
- a macro with all vars to cycle through and 
- an index to decide if the actual var should be altered or not. 

ds (resp. ds2 or ds3) is great to list vars based on different attributes but not necessary here because you can use "*" or "_all". 

foreach var of varlist * {
local i = `i' + 1
if mod(`i'-1,3)== 0 rename `var' yes__`var'
}


Local i counts the loops/variables processed. 
mod(`i',3) is 0 for i = 0,3,6,9,...
=> mod(`i'-1,3) is 0 for `i' = 1,4,7,...


Stefan Gawrich








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