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Re: st: Re: problem with -capture drop-

From   Fred Wolfe <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Re: problem with -capture drop-
Date   Tue, 21 Oct 2003 16:18:37 -0500

At 01:58 PM 10/21/2003 -0700, you wrote:
Thanks for the explanation, but I still cannot fathom the logic of
this implementation. If I want to drop a single or all variables
begining with r, I shall use a wildcard like r*, no matter whether I
have only one variable beginning with r in the dataset or not. If I
want to drop the literatral "r", I shall be able to do so by
specifying -capture drop r-.

Anyway, the practical issue here is: Is there a way to stop Stata
from playing smart in this type of situation? Thanks.

The advantage of abbreviation that Stata gives sometime causes problems. The solution is to use a unique name for your variables. For example. _resid or _r, but not both. That usually prevents problems from me.

Fred Wolfe

Fred Wolfe
National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases
Wichita, Kansas
Tel (316) 263-2125 Fax (316) 263-0761
[email protected]

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