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st: RE: Loop question

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: Loop question
Date   Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:35:05 +0000

Stata is telling you the problem. It is nothing to do with the loop as such, but a problem with the syntax of -xtile-. 

The -cutpoint()- option expects a variable. 

P_R1 - P_B4_cut is not a variable; it is an expression, specifically the difference between two variables. Therefore, you must create a variable holding this difference before you enter the loop. 


Alberto R Osella

after a factor analysis (pca)  I'd want to create categorical variables
by using a loop. But I have some troubles. Here the code I'm using

predict P_R1 P_R2 P_R3 P_R4, regression
predict P_B1 P_B2 P_B3 P_B4, bartlett

foreach x of var  P_R1-P_B4 {
pctile q_`x'_c= `x' if caso_ctrol0==0 &  P_R1-P_B4 <., nq(5)
tab2 `x' caso_ctrol0
xtile `x'_q=`x', cutpoint( P_R1-P_B4_cut)
tab2 `x'_q caso_ctrol0
and this is the error:
variable P_B4_cut not found
in option cutpoints()
I'm using Stata 11.1 on windows 7.

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