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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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st: RE: scalar and calculations |

Date |
Fri, 16 Apr 2010 15:17:28 +0100 |

You are confusing scalars with their names, which may or may not be temporary. Scalars need not have temporary names. In your case the scalar has a permanent name, v, which you assigned to it. You could use v rather than `v' throughout -- so long as no variable is named, or unambiguously abbreviates to, v. Alternatively, and better, tempname v scalar `v' = Conversely, the `v' notation suggests to Stata that it should find something with the temporary name specified, and in your case there is no such beast. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Tomas Lind Scalar can´t do calculations? I am trying to do some simulations. In a simplified version of my code, this works (part of code shown) where n is sample size: scalar v = r(mean) return scalar v2 = (`v'+2) * `n' // No error messages But this does not work: scalar v = r(mean) return scalar v2 = (`v'^2) * `n' // Error, ^2 invalid name This is part of the full code and I get an error for ^2. summarize ln_large scalar v = (r(sd)^2)/2 return scalar mlk = exp(r(mean)) * (1 + ((`n'-1)/`n') + ( ((`n'-1)^3)/(`n'^2*(`n'+1)*2*1 ) ) * (`v'^2/( 2*1) ) + ( ((`n'-1)^5)/(`n'^3*(`n'+1)*(`n'+3)*3*2*1 ) ) * (`v'^3/( 3*2*1) ) + ( ((`n'-1)^7)/(`n'^4*(`n'+1)*(`n'+3)*(`n'+5)*4*3*2*1 ) ) * (`v'^4/(4*3*2*1) ) ) How shall I do to calculate the value for mlk? * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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**References**:**st: scalar and calculations***From:*"Tomas Lind" <tomas.lind@ki.se>

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