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RE: st: how to use data editor with do-files in STATA11

From   Amado David Quezada Sanchez <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: how to use data editor with do-files in STATA11
Date   Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:27:19 -0600

Hello Neil

I do document changes even when using the data editor. I use this interactive approach when the corrections need to be done by other specialists who may not know very much how to use stata.

I use it as well when I write programs or commands which ask the user to input some parameters in a windowed fashion. 

Thank you.

-----Mensaje original-----
De: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] En nombre de Neil Shephard
Enviado el: Martes, 26 de Enero de 2010 11:12 a.m.
Para: [email protected]
Asunto: Re: st: how to use data editor with do-files in STATA11

Whilst feasible (at least under older versions of Stata), your
strategy is ill-advised.

You should document in your do-file all manipulations/edits that are
done to the data, so instead of having -edit if()- statements in your
do-file that bring up the editor and making the changes by hand you
should write statements such as (based on your example...

replace mpg_class = . if(mpg_class == 3 & foreign == 1)

..this way you...

a) document the changes you are making to your data.
b) make your do-file self-contained and your work reprodicible.
c) avoid errors when editing by hand
c) avoid the tedious task of editing data by hand (which is also very boring!)


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