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# Re: st: Simulating time series with if else condition

 From mweberru@students.mail.uni-mannheim.de To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, Nick Cox Subject Re: st: Simulating time series with if else condition Date Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:20:27 +0100

```Thank you very much for the replies, both answers were really helpful!
```
I replaced the whole part with the single line suggested by Ch. Baum and the results are just as desired.
```
Regards,
M. Weber

Zitat von Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>:

```
```A separate issue is that

if fyear == 1971 {

}

else if fyear > 1971 ...

will always be interpreted as

if fyear[1] == 1971 {

}
else if fyear[1] >= 1971 ...

which is presumably not what is wanted. So the code not only can but
also should be rewritten. See also

```
FAQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . if command vs. if qualifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Wernow
```        6/00    I have an if command in my program that only seems
to evaluate the first observation, what's going on?
http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/lang/ifqualifier.html

Nick

On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM, Christopher Baum <kit.baum@bc.edu> wrote:
```
```<>
Untested, but I think you can replace

if fyear==1971{
by id: replace debtlevel_sim=actual_debtlevel
/*start with actual debt-level in 1971*/
}
else if fyear>1971 & (L.debtlevel_sim+debtissue_sim)<=0 {        /*in
years following 1971: no negative debt-level*/
by id: replace debtlevel_sim=0
}
else {
by id: replace debtlevel_sim=L.debtlevel_sim+debtissue_sim

with one line:

```
by id: replace debtlevel_sim = cond( fyear==1971, actual_debtlevel, max(0, L.debtlevel_sim+debtissue_sim ))
```
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