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Re: st: transformations in commands

From   "Brian P. Poi" <>
Subject   Re: st: transformations in commands
Date   Fri, 2 Jun 2006 12:39:57 -0500 (CDT)

On 6/2/06, Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311) <> wrote:
Hi  - I have been demonstrating the wonders of Stata to users of R and
have been embarrassed by their criticism of  Stata's inability to
transform a variable within the syntax of a command. For example reg y
log(x) won't work. The variable z=log(x) must be generated first. I'm
curious as to whether other statistical software besides R allows this
sort of thing. At any rate, I would strongly urge Stata Corp. to
incorporate this sort flexibility.

One alternative is to use -nl- instead of -regress-:

. nl (mpg = {b0} + {b1}*log(price))

. nl (mpg = {c0} + {c1}/weight)

For models linear in the parameters, -nl- will converge in just a couple of iterations.

-- Brian Poi
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