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Re: st: Fwd: AW: Really basic question |

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Fri, 20 Feb 2009 12:56:32 -0600 |

http://www.masil.org/documents/Stata_Introduction.pdf https://www.stanford.edu/group/ssds/cgi-bin/drupal/files/Guides/software_docs_stata_win.pdf Good luck, Eric __ Eric A. Booth Public Policy Research Institute Texas A&M University ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu Office: +979.845.6754 Fax: +979.845.0249 http://ppri.tamu.edu On Feb 20, 2009, at 12:39 PM, Ted Fuller wrote:

My thanks to Martin, but I am still not getting very far. See my notes below.Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 18:51:34 +0100 From: Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> <>Well, several things really. First, type -doedit- and you get awindow thatlets you store a basic text file which you can subsequently -run-by goingto "Tools- Run".I can open the window that Martin refers to.Type, for instance, -sysuse auto, clear- in there and see what happens when you -run- that.All I get is: . run "C:\DOCUME~1\TEDFUL~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\STD02000000.tmp" I don't know what it means. I doesn't seem very interesting.Now you argue that you do know how to operate Stata from the dialogboxes.If that is true, then you can simply copy from Stata`s reviewwindow viaright-click and paste into the editor opened via -doedit-. Assemblea few ofyour commands there, and -run- them and see what happens.I'm obviously very dense. I found the review window, but the rightclick only gives me two options:Save review contents... Font...When I select "Save review contents...", it tries to save it to afile on my hard-drive, as opposed toallowing me to paste it into my editor. Please see one more comment below.Even easier: Choose your commands that you want in the command file(holddown ctrl while selecting so you can select non-contiguous areas ofcommandsin the review window), right-click and select "Send to Do-FileEditor".What I pick up between the lines in your post is that you think ado-filemust have some "magic" component which makes it a do-file. But itis usuallyno more than a collection of Stata commands, interspersed withcomments (add"// " to the beginning of a line). when you save it (File-Save as),the fileextension ".do" is appended, but that is it, really...All this advice is assembled in -helpcontents_programming_dofiles-, BTW. Ifyou want examples of professional do-files, try the collections ofdata thatcome with Stata Press books, for instance http://www.stata-press.com/data/mus/mus.zipFinally, let me give you an example so you can get started faster.Copy itinto the window opened by -doedit- and -run- and see how that worksout...******* sysuse auto, clear regress price weight turn rep78 test _b[turn]==2 estat hettest *******I tried this, and all I got was: unrecognized command: estatI am forwarding this to the list. Feel free to reply to the list,makingsure that you post as "text-only" along the way... HTH Martin -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: Ted Fuller [mailto:fullertd@vt.edu] Gesendet: Freitag, 20. Februar 2009 18:19 An: Martin Weiss Betreff: Really basic question Martin, I have a really basic question. I am used to using Stata with dialog boxes, but I think it would be useful to use command files. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to do that by reading the documentation available in the "help" EG Help - Contents - Basics - Syntax. Actually, I think I could figure out how to write (most of) the commands, but I can't figure out where to store them. Then, having stored them, I'm not sure how to tell Stata to run just a few lines that of code that I have stored. Can you give me some pointers? Thanks! Ted Fuller Theodore Fuller Department of Sociology (0137) Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061 Phone: 540/231-8969Theodore Fuller Department of Sociology (0137) Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061 Phone: 540/231-8969 * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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