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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
RE: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command |

Date |
Fri, 4 Jun 2010 17:07:51 +0100 |

Yes, that's my guess. If it gets as far as the -graph- command then the local macro options is discovered at that point, and only then, to contain junk that Stata can't make sense of. It's my impression that in this sense Stata has not changed for some while. Any parsing that leaves a residuum of buggy material in some local macro will not bite unless and until that macro is scrutinised. Here's a demo: Here's a program: program martin syntax [, * ] sysuse auto, clear regress mpg weight end Here I run it: . martin, complete and utter nonsense (1978 Automobile Data) Source | SS df MS Number of obs = 74 -------------+------------------------------ F( 1, 72) = 134.62 Model | 1591.9902 1 1591.9902 Prob > F = 0.0000 Residual | 851.469256 72 11.8259619 R-squared = 0.6515 -------------+------------------------------ Adj R-squared = 0.6467 Total | 2443.45946 73 33.4720474 Root MSE = 3.4389 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------ mpg | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] -------------+---------------------------------------------------------- ------ weight | -.0060087 .0005179 -11.60 0.000 -.0070411 -.0049763 _cons | 39.44028 1.614003 24.44 0.000 36.22283 42.65774 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------ What happened: 1. I typed as if they were options "complete and utter nonsense". 2. A consequence of the -syntax- statement is that a local macro options is created with contents "complete and utter nonsense". 3. My program never actually used `options'. Thus my program never bit me, and Stata never complained, even though I typed (you guessed) some nonsense on the command line. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Martin Weiss So, given your experience of Stata 7, Nick: Did the misplaced paranthesis somehow end up in the -options- for the -graph- command? The error message initially reported by Victor in http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-06/msg00133.html would seem to indicate this sequence of events. Nick Cox The first error now seems pretty clear. The parenthesis ( before lasttime(endfudate) is what is causing the error. Delete it. (You are probably misreading the syntax diagram within which the square brackets [ ] group together optional options and are not characters to be typed.) Victor Mauricio Herrera Regarding the first error, I included no graph options in my instructions. This is exactly what I typed: stgest diabetes cursmoke agebase sex hyperten obese, lagconf(hyperten obese diabetes) baseconf(hyperten obese diabetes) /* */ visit(visit) firstvis(2) (lasttime(endfudate) range(-50 50) step(1) saveres(caergestsmoknocens) replace I tried with two different datasets and got the same error. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*Victor Mauricio Herrera <vherrera@wisc.edu>

**References**:**st: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*Victor Mauricio Herrera <vherrera@wisc.edu>

**st: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**st: RE: RE: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**Re: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*Victor Mauricio Herrera <vherrera@wisc.edu>

**RE: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**AW: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: error messages while using the stgest command***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

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