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Re: st: Metareg syntax error for wsse option


From   Rebecca Pope <rebecca.a.pope@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Metareg syntax error for wsse option
Date   Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:46:00 -0600

Jon,
Nick's suggestion for you to check your version appears to be the key
here. -metareg- with your syntax (i.e. wsse() as option) runs without
error for me. I should have checked that before sending the syntax
diagram (and read Nick's post thoroughly). I installed my copy using
-ssc install metareg-. -ado describe metareg- says "Distribution-Date:
20090105".

I'd start with -adoupdate, update- (assuming Stata 12) & if that does
not resolve the problem, try -ssc install metareg, replace- & see if
re-installing fixes it.


Rebecca




On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Rebecca Pope <rebecca.a.pope@gmail.com> wrote:
> Oops. I should have read your post closer Nick. Sorry.
>
> Rebecca
>
>
>
>          __o                __o
>       _`\ <,_            _`\ <,_
>      (_)/   (_)          (_)/   (_)
> =========================
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>> That is what the syntax diagram says, but the code and examples contradict it.
>>
>> Hence my assertion that it's a typo.
>>
>> Nick
>>
>> On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM, Rebecca Pope <rebecca.a.pope@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I think your command should be: metareg vsl09 loginc09 wsse(sd09), mm.
>>> Note, wsse() comes before the comma; this is why you are getting an
>>> error message about it not being an option.
>>>
>>> Here is the syntax from the help file for -metareg-:
>>>  metareg depvar [indepvars] [if] [in] wsse(varname) [, eform graph
>>>                randomsize noconstant mm reml eb knapphartung z tau2test
>>>                level(#) permute(# [, univariable detail joint(varlist1 [|
>>>                varlist2 ...])]) log maximize_options]
>>>
>>>
>>> Rebecca
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>          __o                __o
>>>       _`\ <,_            _`\ <,_
>>>      (_)/   (_)          (_)/   (_)
>>> =========================
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Jon Nelson replied to me privately. For several reasons why you are
>>>> asked not to do that, see
>>>>
>>>> http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/resources/statalist-faq/#private
>>>>
>>>> Most obviously, no one else can see your post. Also, replying to your
>>>> email does not constitute a promise of support until the problem is
>>>> solved!
>>>>
>>>> Programs don't suddenly stop working. There is some other explanation,
>>>> but I am sorry that I don't know what it is.
>>>>
>>>> The program can be downloaded from both SSC and SJ. The two versions
>>>> look identical. Nevertheless you should, as asked originally, explain
>>>> _where_ you got your copy from. (Jon should confirm that he is _not_
>>>> using the ancient version from STB-42.)
>>>>
>>>> There is a typo in both help files in that -wsse()- is listed in the
>>>> syntax diagram as something that should be typed before the comma.
>>>> This is not biting Jon as he  appears to be using the option
>>>> correctly. However, I have not used -metareg- in any of its
>>>> incarnations and can't advise further.
>>>>
>>>> If a better answer is not forthcoming, I would contact the program
>>>> author directly.
>>>>
>>>> Nick
>>>>
>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>> From: Jon Nelson <jpn@psu.edu>
>>>> Date: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: st: Metareg syntax error for wsse option
>>>> To: Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Thanks, but removing spaces did not help. I still get the same error message.
>>>> Here is the exact version of a command:  metareg vsl09 loginc09, wsse(sd09) mm
>>>>
>>>> which worked 6 months ago and now returns the error message: "option wsse() not
>>>> allowed" r(198);
>>>>
>>>> Jon
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 12:53 PM Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >-metareg- is from SJ and SSC. -metareg- in Stata terms is a command,
>>>> >not a macro.
>>>> >
>>>> >Exactly what you typed can only be guessed if you report that it was
>>>> >"something like" your example.
>>>> >
>>>> >It may be that you are putting a space in "wsse ()". If so, remove the space.
>>>> >
>>>> >Nick
>>>> >
>>>> >On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Jon Nelson <jpn@psu.edu> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >> I'm using the macro metareg to estimate random-effects regressions, using
>>>> data
>>>> >> that i used successfully six months ago. Now i'm getting an
>>>> >> error message "option wsse () not allowed" followed by r(198). This seems to
>>>> >> indicate a syntax error, but i can't see what i'm doing wrong or
>>>> >> determine other sources of error.
>>>> >>
>>>> >> My command line would be something like "metareg vsl09 logincome, wsse(sd09)
>>>> >> mm" , where sd09 is the variable for standard errors of the effect size
>>>> vsl09.
>>>> >> I tried using other data sets, and i get the same error. I tried reloading
>>>> the
>>>> >> macro. I checked the data for zeros or negative values. And wsse () is
>>>> >> a required option for metareg.
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