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st: Feature of the -inlist- function

From   Roger Newson <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Feature of the -inlist- function
Date   Thu, 18 Jul 2002 14:15:37 +0100

Hello all

A very minor query re the -inlist- function. I'm using Stata 7 with executable and ado-files as of 11 June 2002. According to -[U] 16.3 Functions-, the maximum number of arguments to -inlist- is 255 (either all reals or all strings). However, for some reason, -inlist- seems to fail for me with 6 string arguments. I might type as follows:

. disp inlist("bonferroni","hochberg","simes","yekutieli","krieger")

. disp inlist("bonferroni","hochberg","simes","yekutieli","krieger","liu")
expression too long

When I click on r(130), I get error diagnostics as follows:

[P] error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Return code 130
expression too long;
too many SUMs;
In the first case, you specified an expression that is too long
for Stata to process -- the expression contains more than 255 pairs
of nested parentheses or more than 66 dyadic operators. Break
the expression into smaller parts. In the second case, the
expression contains more than five sum() functions. This
expression, too, will have to be broken into smaller parts.

I can't see how -inlist("bonferroni","hochberg","simes","yekutieli","krieger","liu")- violates any of the limits on nested parentheses or dyadic operators, although I know how to break up the expression, eg

disp inlist("bonferroni","hochberg","simes")|inlist("bonferroni","yekutieli","krieger","liu")

seems to work, at the price of making the expression a bit more long-winded. Is this an unpublicised feature of -inlist-? And does it have any consequences apart from making long -inlist- calls a bit longer?

Thanks in advance


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Department of Public Health Sciences
King's College London
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