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RE: st: RE: RE: RE: Undocumented limitation of describe (and hence -ds-) in Stata 10?

From   "Nick Cox" <>
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Subject   RE: st: RE: RE: RE: Undocumented limitation of describe (and hence -ds-) in Stata 10?
Date   Wed, 7 Apr 2010 11:05:26 +0100

What examples do you have in mind? 


Martin Weiss

The confusion is compounded by -display-'s uncanny ability to somehow
circumvent the requirement for single quotes: As it takes an
it knows beforehand it needs to evaluate. Many users take its behavior
representative of the rest of Stata, I think...

Nick Cox

I think of ` ' as meaning "evaluate this here and now". Here should be
obvious, but the now is important too, meaning precisely "before you try
to execute this command line". 

`macname' is the canonical example for local macro macname. But

`= 2 + 2' 




`: value label foreign' 

are other examples in which you also want literal text substituted. I
don't know if this is ever official wording -- indeed I doubt it -- but
I think of examples other than the first as invoking the local macro
persona of beasts that are not local macros in the most restricted sense
but can behave similarly given persuasive syntax. 


Michael I. Lichter

I understand that single quotes are not simply local macro dereference 
operators, but it certainly looks like that's their function in the 
command line. Other than local macro, what can you dereference in this

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