# Re: st: Re: saving memory local vs usual variable

 From Maarten buis <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: Re: saving memory local vs usual variable Date Fri, 3 Oct 2008 18:06:15 +0100 (BST)

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--- Ashim Kapoor <[email protected]> wrote:
> Maybe I should say why I am asking this. It just seems like STRANGE
> to me that the person who programmed stata to work the way it does
> INTENTIONALLY allows us to do :-
>
> egen x=max(y)
>
> but does not allow us to do
>
> local x=max(y).
>
> It just seems counterintuitive and a waste of memory. Seems unlikely
> that the guy who programmed this did not think of this. That is why I
> think that I am missing something.
>
> Thank you,
> Ashim.
>
>
> 08 at 9:29 PM, Martin Weiss <[email protected]> wrote:
> >> As we said this morning:
> >>
> >> su age,mean
> >> loc lj=r(max)
> >>
> >> HTH
> >> Martin _______________________
> >> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashim Kapoor"
> <[email protected]>
> >> To: <[email protected]>
> >> Sent: Friday, October 03, 2008 5:54 PM
> >> Subject: st: saving memory local vs usual variable
> >>
> >>
> >>> Hello everyone,
> >>>
> >>> I have a question. Suppose I have a variable say - > age. Now I
> can do
> >>> egen j=max(age). Then I will have the max value of age in ONE
> >>> VARIABLE! Horrible waste of memory. I try to do local lj=max(age)
> and
> >>> that does not work. How can I conserve memory ? Is there
> something
> >>> basic which I have missed ?
> >>>
> >>> Thank you,
> >>> Ashim.
> >>>
> >>> PS : I do understand that I can do egen j = max (age ) and then
> say
> >>> local lj=j[1] and then -do drop j - but is there a better way ?
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