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Re: st: command stata


From   Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: command stata
Date   Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:03:45 -0400

At 08:32 PM 8/25/2011, Steven Samuels wrote:
> Donsaane

This is a good opportunity for you to learn how to use Stata's -help-. Type "help egen" and go down the page till you find group. You will see it shows "group(varlist)" with a link from "varlist". Go to the link and you will see examples of what a "varlist" should look like.

When you have a question about a command in Stata, always try the -help- first. There are always examples at the bottom of the page. If you don't find what you need or don't understand something, be sure to say what -help- topics you've looked at when you write to Statalist. An alternative command to -help- if you don't know the command name is to search for your topic (under the Help Menu). If you are connected to the internet, check "Search All" for the widest search.

Agree completely. I didn't know the answer to the question but I figured that the necessary function would show up under -help gen- or -help egen-. The online help is generally more than enough, but what is also great is that, starting with Stata 11, the entire manuals are available in pdf form. Finally, the online archives are also a great source, although you may have to fiddle around with different search terms before you find what you want.

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