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st: getting functions / commands to return multiple varibles

From   Pradipto Banerjee <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   st: getting functions / commands to return multiple varibles
Date   Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:47:52 -0500


In a lot of my codes, I tend to do multiple calls that are quite similar, for example:

. by var1 var2: egen varl=pctile(var3), p(20)
. by var1 var2: egen varh=pctile(var3), p(80)

I was wondering if anyone has had experience designing a function that can return two variables, say for example:

. by var1 var2: myegen {varl, varh} = mypctile(var3), p({20,80})
. by var1 var2: myegen {varl, varm, varh} = mypctile(var3), p({20,50,80})

Is this a really hard problem?

Have others worked on this before? If so, would it be possible to share any links, websites, etc.


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