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Re: st: Simple and weird error

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Simple and weird error
Date   Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:09:25 +0000

This can't be literal code, as there are upper case letters and spaces
that would prevent this from running. Also, the local macro references
should all be of the form `macname' with different opening and closing
single quotation marks.

With a stylistic twist (one -quietly- instead of three) the code can
be corrected and rewritten

quietly foreach varname of varlist `r(varlist)' {
        replace `varname'  = log(`varname')
        gen lr`var' = `varname' - `varname'[_n-1]
        drop `varname'

But this wouldn't work either. `var' is the same each time round the
loop: either blank or whatever it was defined as before this code
segment. So, the code would fail second time round the loop.

Hence I give up. Your code as you report couldn't do more than
-generate- one variable, even with several corrections.

I suggest that you post your real code.


On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM, Zhangqunzi <> wrote:

> I am trying to calculate the log return lr
> according to the code below:
> For each varname of varlist 'r(varlist)'{
> Quiet replace 'varname' =log('varname')
> Quiet gen lr'var'='varname'[_n]-'varname'[_n-1]
> Quiet drop 'varname'
> }
> varname is price1,2,3 etc for each firm.
> In the end I found all the log return I get is positive which is clearly wrong for 5000 firms and 30years.
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