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RE: st: Assigning value of a function to a local macro

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   RE: st: Assigning value of a function to a local macro
Date   Thu, 10 May 2012 16:59:18 +0100

Phil's solution doesn't involve scalars at all. 

I don't think your side-note is correct. At least, show us an example with real data. 


Navid Asgari

Thanks Phil! It is a good solution to use scalars.

But, on a side note, min() can work on one variable too


generate minv=min(variable1)

Phil Clayton

min() doesn't do what you think it does. It's more for this kind of thing:
gen newvar=min(var1, var2, var3)
gen newvar=min(var1, var1[_n-1])
summarize price
display min(r(mean), r(p50))

To get the lowest value of the variable year in the dataset, I would suggest:
summarize year, meanonly
local byear=r(min)

On 10/05/2012, at 7:40 PM, Navid Asgari wrote:
> I am trying to assign the value of a function to a local macro, but I get "Invalid Syntax"?
> I type:
> local byear=min(year)
> year is the variable whose minimum has to be saved in the local macro "byear"

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