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RE: st: syntax error

From   "David Rivenbark" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: syntax error
Date   Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:04:26 -0400

Nick and Sergiy:

	Thank you for the responses. When I wrote f(), I was simply trying
to indicate that q is a function of the program arguments. My program now
runs and I can finish debugging.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: st: syntax error

-gettoken- does not work the way you want. It takes the first token and
optionally (re)names what is left when that is done. But it's not what you
seem to want anyway. It seems that you want to start your program something
like this, as I infer that you always want to specify 3 variables.

syntax varlist(min=3 max=3)
tokenize `varlist'
args y x1 x2
tempvar q

However, your next line will not work

 gen double `q' = f(`y',`x1',`x2')

as no Stata function has the name -f()-. Perhaps you mean -F()-, perhaps

On the other hand, if you want to allow any of -y-, -x1-, -x2- to be numeric
constants, this syntax won't work.

As your program did nothing to support -if- and -in- allowing them as legal
syntax is, so far, a bug.

In short, some solutions can be suggested but other solutions depend on
knowing what you want to calculate.


On 23 October 2013 00:03, David Rivenbark <> wrote:
>             I have written a simple rclass program that has the 
> following structure.
> Program MYprog, rclass
>      syntax varlist [if] [in] [, opt1(real 0) opt2(real 0) . ]
>      gettoken y x1 x2 : varlist
>      tempvar q
>      gen double `q' = f(`y',`x1',`x2')
>      sum `q'
>      return scalar mean=r(mean)
> end
> When I run the program with "MYprog y x1 x2" I receive an "invalid syntax"
> error message Stata reaches -gettoken-. Can someone help me understand 
> my error using -gettoken-?
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