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st: RE: "random" seed for uniform()

From   "Donovan Crew" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: "random" seed for uniform()
Date   Wed, 22 Oct 2003 21:59:53 -0500

>J. Michael Oakes wrote:
>Using Stata 8, I want to have a different seed each time I call an *.ado
>file with uniform() in it. I recall setting seed to 'system time' in SAS
>in Stata... I think... and that worked well.

This will use your system time for the seed:

local holdseed = real(substr(c(current_time),1,2) +
substr(c(current_time),4,2) + substr(c(current_time),7,2))

set seed `holdseed'

gen random = uniform()

macro drop holdseed

Donovan Crew

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