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st: Re: macros

From   baum <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Re: macros
Date   Fri, 26 Jul 2002 09:05:58 -0400

--On Friday, July 26, 2002 2:33 -0400 Chris wrote:

i'm trying to figure out the macro basics & can't seem to find any simple
examples on the web or in the manual.  if someone could please post the
text of a simple *.do file that uses macros, i'd really really appreciate
it.  i'm using stata 7.

i'd also really appreciate any suggestions on my specific problem that i'm
trying to solve w/ macros:

to take variables (air_reg1, air_reg2, ..., air_reg24)
and (voc_reg1, ..., voc_reg24)

and to produce the sum of the products:

air_reg1*voc_reg1 + air_reg2*voc_reg2 + ... + air_reg24*voc_reg24

for a bunch of different sets of variables ({air,voc} is one example) w/ a
large dataset.
Look at any ADO file that does the kind of thing you're interested in. There are also a number of FAQs that use macros in illustrating various points.

For the sort of thing you're talking about, Nick Cox' Speaking Stata columns in Stata Journal would be a very useful reference. Generally speaking, the Programming manual is a very good thing to have; if you only have the Users' Guide and Ref Man available, you should see about getting a copy of [P] (available a la carte from the Stata Bookstore, or the Stata GradPlan if U.Chicago participates).

For what you describe try

gen result = 0
forvalues i=1/24 {
replace result = result + air_reg`i' * voc_reg`i'

If the air and voc variables are doubles, make result a double as well.


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