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Re: st: Why won't my -local- work?


From   Phil Clayton <philclayton@internode.on.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Why won't my -local- work?
Date   Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:10:56 +1100

Are you using the macro in the same program (or do-file) as it was defined? If you define it in one program it will not be defined in a different program (hence the term "local").

Example:

------------------------------------
program define myprog
	display "mymacro: `mymacro'"
end

local mymacro 1 2 3
display "mymacro: `mymacro'"
myprog
------------------------------------

Phil

On 23/02/2013, at 11:01 AM, "kantor.d@att.net" <kantor.d@att.net> wrote:

> I'm mytified, too.
> Are you spelling the macroname consistently?
> 
> Sent with Verizon Mobile Email
> 
> 
> ---Original Message---
> From: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Sent: 2/22/2013 6:44 pm
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: Why won't my -local- work?
> 
> Thanks for the idea, David. But it returned the same result. With quotes, and
>> disp "`mymacro'"
> I still return nothing but a blank line. I am mystified why Stata
> isn't storing my varlist, which I don't think should require (double)
> quotes as a string would.
> Do I have to, for instance, "turn macro on" the way I can "set more off"?
> 
> 
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM, kantor.d@att.net <kantor.d@att.net> wrote:
>> Put quotes around the macro value.
>> local mymacro "var1 var2 var3"
>> 
>> Also check the value by...
>> disp "`mymacro'"
>> 
>> hth
>> david
>> 
>> Sent with Verizon Mobile Email
>> 
>> 
>> ---Original Message---
>> From: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> Sent: 2/22/2013 6:31 pm
>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> Subject: st: Why won't my -local- work?
>> 
>> I want to make some tables using -contract- and -collapse- for about
>> thirty variables. I figured a local macro to identify that varlist
>> would be the best way to do it. I followed examples I've seen
>> elsewhere - such as http://!
> www.ssc.wisc.edu/sscc/pubs/stata_prog1.htm
>> - and on Statalist but keep failing. Here is an example of my syntax:
>> 
>>> local mymacro var1 var2 var3
>> 
>> When I try and do anything with mymacro, I get no results returned.
>> For instance,
>>> sum `mymacro'
>> gives me sum output of all vars.
>>> keep `mymacro'
>> gives me the error "varlist or in range required". When I try
>>> reg outcome `mymacro'
>> all I get is a constant value in my reg output. I want to replace
>> contents of that varlist with dummies, such that
>>> foreach var of local mymacro {
>>>    replace `var'=1 if `var'!=0
>>>    }
>> But obviously, that doesn't work either, because for some reason,
>> nothing seems to be stored in my macro.
>> 
>> I am running Stata 12. Thanks for any help.
>> 
>> Brandon Olszewski
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