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Re: st: programming error with -generate-

From   Partha Deb <>
Subject   Re: st: programming error with -generate-
Date   Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:48:49 -0500

For even more head scratching, try this:

clear all

forvalues i=1/6 {
set obs 10
gen y = 1.2x + `i'
tab y
drop _all


Visintainer, Paul wrote:
I have a question which I hope merely reflects that I'm missing something obvious or a syntax that I don't recognize.  I'm using version 10.1 MP on a PC.  I've run this on three different PCs and get the same result.  Why doesn't the generate command for "y" give an error?  The -generate- command gives errors for y1, y2, and y3.  Also, I don't understand the output for -tab- command for "y".  Is there some syntax that I'm not aware of?

What am I missing here?

. clear
. set obs 10
obs was 0, now 10

. range x 1 10
. range t 1 10
. range w 1 10

. gen y = 1.2x + 6   <----- why isn't there an error here?

. gen y1 = 1.2t + 6
2t invalid name

. gen y2 = 1.2w + 6
2w invalid name

. gen y3 = 2x + 6
2x invalid name

. tab y

          y |      Freq.     Percent        Cum.
         72 |         10      100.00      100.00
      Total |         10      100.00

Paul F. Visintainer, PhD
Baystate Medical Center
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