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RE: st: modifying egen to add a replace feature

From   Pradipto Banerjee <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: modifying egen to add a replace feature
Date   Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:31:53 -0500

Nick, I knew we could count on you :-) This is great. Works perfectly so far. Many thanks.

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:15 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: st: modifying egen to add a replace feature

I gave in and wrote a -ereplace- if only if to scotch any impression
that it's a big deal. Careful scrutiny will show that it is,
naturally, almost identical to -egen-. But (a) it's not much tested
(b) I am not taking this further.


program define ereplace, byable(onecall) sortpreserve
        version 6, missing

        local cvers = _caller()

        gettoken type 0 : 0, parse(" =(")
        gettoken name 0 : 0, parse(" =(")

        if `"`name'"'=="=" {
                local name `"`type'"'
                local type : set type
        else {
                gettoken eqsign 0 : 0, parse(" =(")
                if `"`eqsign'"' != "=" {
                        error 198

        confirm variable `name'

        gettoken fcn 0 : 0, parse(" =(")
        gettoken args 0 : 0, parse(" ,") match(par)
        capture qui findfile _g`fcn'.ado
        if (`"`r(fn)'"' == "") {
                di as error "unknown egen function `fcn'()"
                exit 133
        if `"`par'"' != "(" {
                exit 198
        if `"`args'"' == "_all" {
                version 7.0, missing
                unab args : _all
                local args : subinstr local args "`_sortindex'"  "", all word
                version 6.0, missing

        syntax [if] [in] [, *]
        if _by() {
                local byopt "by(`_byvars')"
                local cma ","
        else if `"`options'"' != "" {
                local cma ","
        tempvar dummy
        global EGEN_Varname `name'
        version 7.0, missing
        global EGEN_SVarname `_sortindex'
        version 6.0, missing
        if ("`fcn'" == "mode") {
                local vv : display "version " string(`cvers') ", missing:"
        capture noisily `vv' _g`fcn' `type' `dummy' = (`args') `if' `in' /*
                */ `cma' `byopt' `options'
        global EGEN_SVarname
        global EGEN_Varname
        if _rc { exit _rc }
        quietly count if missing(`dummy')
        if r(N) {
                local s = cond(r(N)>1,"s","")
                di in bl "(" r(N) " missing value`s' generated)"
        replace `name' = `dummy'

On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM, William Buchanan
<[email protected]> wrote:
> You might try using -egen- to create a series of -tempvars- that you combine into a single variable after all the computations.  Either way, it would probably be helpful if you share the solution that works for you with the list since others have probably had similar issues.
> HTH,
> Billy
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jul 19, 2012, at 6:36, Pradipto Banerjee <[email protected]> wrote:
>> That's exactly the issue I had. I had tried to use -replace- as an option, but Stata threw a error message saying that the variable is already defined.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
>> Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:09 AM
>> To: [email protected]
>> Subject: Re: st: modifying egen to add a replace feature
>> Not so. Writing a new -egen- function so that it takes a -replace-
>> option is not the issue here. -egen- will throw out the call if -y- is
>> an existing variable before the function code is even entered. The
>> issue is cloning -egen- to do the replacement.
>> As I've signalled elsewhere, I think  it is easiest just to -drop-
>> what you don't want and/or do a -replace- afterwards.
>> Nick
>> On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM, Maarten Buis <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM, Pradipto Banerjee wrote:
>>>> Is it possible to rewrite or modify egen, or create an ado file, such that I can simply write like this:
>>>> bysort x: egen y = myfunc (y, a, b, ...), replace
>>> Yes, the logic behind the way -egen- works is that if you type -egen y
>>> = myfunc()-, -egen- will look for a file _gmyfunc.ado, which
>>> implements the function myfunc() and it also passes the option you
>>> have specified to that .ado file. So you can write your own -egen-
>>> functions. The easiest way to get started is to look at an existing
>>> similar function and addept that, e.g. look at -viewsource _gmean.ado.

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