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Re: AW: st: AW: Syntax forvalues in Stata 11 SE

From   Neil Shephard <>
Subject   Re: AW: st: AW: Syntax forvalues in Stata 11 SE
Date   Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:19:18 +0000

Listen to Nick Cox's comment, as I don't understand why you have...

On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Gauri Khanna <> wrote:
> *use `allsvys1', clear /*OLD CODE: STATA 9*/
> use "'allsvys1'", clear

There was no change in syntax between Stata 9 and 11 as to the use of
single quotes when referring to tempfiles.

What your new code is doing is saving a file in the current directory
as 'allsvys1'.dta and NOT saving it as the tempfile you are declaring
at the start of your do-file.

>     foreach x of local names {
>         if "`x'"=="lgsmkc" {
>             display "`x'"
>             gen row'j'=lgcigc
>             local j='j'+1
>         }
>         if "`x'"=="midage" {
>             display "`x'"
>             gen row'j'=midage
>             local j='j'+1
>         }
>         if "`x'"=="agesmkc" {
>             display "`x'"
>             gen row'j'=agecigc
>             local j='j'+1
>         }
>         if "`x'"=="_cons" {
>             display "`x'"
>             gen row'j'=1
>             continue, break
>         }
>     }

All of the references to the local macro j in this are wrong they
should be `j' and not 'j'

I'd be inclined to go back to your original code, and try running
under version control by a adding the line -version 9.0- at the top of
your do-file, it should run fine.

As per Martin's point, how are you running your do-file?

Are you sending the whole thing from the do-file editor, typing -do
mydo-, highlighting a section of your do-file and sending it to Stata
to run (if so which parts).


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