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Re: st: Load data using macro


From   William Buchanan <william@williambuchanan.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Load data using macro
Date   Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:19:32 -0400

Hi Gareth,

Your question is too vague for anyone to provide a direct answer to your question.  There could be several potential problems with the code not working, but without showing _EXACTLY_ what you typed and _EXACTLY_ what Stata returned, there isn't a way to help.  You could try to use -ls- to see if the file exists in the current directory, you may also want to reference the file name with compound double quotes : use `"`depvar'.dta"', or there could be several other issues causing the failure.  Either way, the more information you are able to provide the easier it is for others to help you.

For example:

sysuse auto
loc depvar price
save `depvar'.dta, replace
use `depvar', clear

Does exactly what it is that you said you are having difficulty doing.  

HTH, 
Billy


On Jun 13, 2013, at 9:57 AM, G. Anderson <ga274@cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> I am able to save files using the name of a variable in a macro (in this case my dependent variable
> 
> So when I type
> 
> save `depvar', replace
> 
> it saves a file with the name of the dependent variable as my filename.
> 
> Unfortunately when loading data
> 
> use `depvar' 
> doesn't work. Any ideas how you can load data using names defined by macros?
> 
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Gareth 
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