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Re: st: how to show "dots" in a loop?


From   Paul Millar <paulmi@nipissingu.ca>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: how to show "dots" in a loop?
Date   Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:14:36 -0400

Use the display command with the _cont feature:

forvalues i=1/20 {
  di "." _cont
  }

- Paul

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM, Joerg Luedicke
<joerg.luedicke@gmail.com> wrote:
> A good way to tackle a problem like that is to look into the source
> code of programs that actually do what is desired. Inspecting the file
> -bootstrap.ado- reveals that Stata is using some undocumented program
> for these dots (-findfile _dots.ado-). Have a look at this little
> example program:
>
>
> *---------------------------------
> clear
> set obs 1000
> gen x=runiform()
>
>
> program define dots
>
> _dots 0
>
> forval i = 1/1000 {
>        qui sum x in `i'
>        _dots `i' 0
> }
>
> end
> *---------------------------------
>
> HTH,
>
> J.
>
> 2012/4/18 László Sándor <sandorl@gmail.com>:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I try to do a simple thing in Stata 11 MP for Windows: demean and
>> detrend a panel. For this I need to loop over all individuals'
>> subsamples. However, I finish quickly with a 1% subsample of my data,
>> while it is suspiciously slow with 10% (of any operations, the loop
>> should be linear in this regard as long as the system has enough
>> memory).
>>
>> I would now like to report something every iteration, but I would
>> avoid seeing thousands of lines filled with this, esp. in my log. Long
>> story short: can I somehow print dots as wrapper commands like
>> bootstrap do?
>>
>> (Formatted, easy-to-count dots would be the best, but if those are not
>> simple to copy from a "dottable" command, I could live with a flood of
>> dots to judge how fast I'm going through the data.)
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Laszlo
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- Paul Millar, Ph.D.
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Nipissing University
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
www.paulmillar.ca

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