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RE: st: confirm

From   "David Harrison" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: confirm
Date   Tue, 8 Mar 2005 08:52:06 -0000

The other option is to confirm the variable _doesn't_ exist - this will always look for the exact name, i.e.

forval i=1/52 {
   cap confirm new var x`i'
   if _rc==0 {
      gen x`i'=.

BTW, -set varabbrev- was added in an update (5 October 04), so if you can't find it you will need to type -update query- and follow the update instructions.


-----Original Message-----
From: Philip Ryan [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 08 March 2005 06:46
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: st: confirm


use  -set varabbrev off-

. sysuse auto
(1978 Automobile Data)

. set varabbrev on

. confirm var mak

. set varabbrev off

. confirm var mak
variable mak not found

see -help set-


Quoting Keith Dear <[email protected]>:

> How do I confirm that a variable exists with exactly the name I state, not
> as an abbreviation? If I say -cap confirm var x3- but I have a variable
> x30, then I get _rc==0 even though x3 does not exist.
> I'll give the context, in case there's a better way. Here's what I am
> trying to do:
> forval i=1/52 {
>    cap confirm var x`i'
>    if _rc!=0 gen x`i'=.
> }
> This NEARLY works...
> ==========================================================
> Dr Keith B.G. Dear
> Senior Fellow in Biostatistics
> National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH)

Philip Ryan
Associate Professor
Department of Public Health
University of Adelaide
5005 South Australia
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