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# Re: st: Substituting an expression into an -IF- conditional statement

 From Nick Cox To "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" Subject Re: st: Substituting an expression into an -IF- conditional statement Date Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:50:57 +0000

```A loop would be three lines at least.  Here's one way to do it

foreach case in "date <= 10" "date <= 20" "date > 20" {
var a b c if `case', lags(1/2)
}

Personally I would leave the code as you have it given this question alone.

If you wanted to do stuff again and again with those three cases,
however, then a new variable, something like

gen case = ceiling(date/10)

or

gen case = cond(date <= 10, 1, cond(date <= 20, 2, 3))

might make your life a little easier, as you could do things like

bysort case : var a b c

Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com

On 6 December 2013 14:41, Jason Park

> I'd like to split the data sample into (1) date <= 10, (2) date > 10 &
> date <= 20, and (3) date > 20, and for each case, I need to run a VAR
> command.
> Of course, it can be run by submitting the following three lines separately:
> var a b c if date <= 10, lags(1/2)
> var a b c if date > 10 & date <= 20, lags(1/2)
> var a b c if date > 20, lags(1/2)
>
> But instead, I'd like to loop through them. Can I?
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