Information about Stata macros: number of elements and order within locals and globals
Especially when running loops (see our posts here), it can be important to get more information about a macro, such as the length, or its first or last element.
Useful string functions in Stata (updated list)
Most often when I search the internet for help on Stata, it is probably when I need to work with string variables (such as names). There are some very good summaries that cover aspects of string variables (e.g., this page). In this post –which will be continuously updated– we present random string functions that we […]
Format how locals are displayed in Stata
Often I use locals to calculate something (such as the mean of a variable for a specific group) and use this in a loop (say, over groups or over years). If you, for example, want to calculate the share of observations that belong to one group (say: female==1), you could simply write
Piecewise execution of do-files in Stata
Do-files in Stata easily get a bit lengthy. Of course, you can try to shorten do-files and distribute code onto several do-files and have one master file that runs all of the respective sub-do-files (which are included by do dosubfile1.do). Alternatively, you can leave the do-file longish but write your code such that you only […]
Multiple lines commands in Stata
Many Stata commands get easily quite long. Take, for example, a command to generate a figure – possibly the layout definitions are quite lengthy and difficult to read. Stretching commands over several lines makes it much easier to write and read, and less prone to errors.
Add current date to Stata file names (and others)
We wrote earlier about how to add time stamps (current date and/or time) to your Stata figures, e.g. to keep track of work in progress results. A similar strategy can be used when storing log-files, which are typically overwritten with a more recent version of the same log.
Use of embedded quotation marks within locals in Stata
Proper use of single and double quotation marks is essential when working in Stata, especially when writing loops where locals can be a huge time and memory saver. The use of single and double quotation marks is rather straightforward (using ` and ‘ for single, and ” for double quotation marks). You can rather easily […]
Supress labels in Stata figures
Supress legend elements in multiple Stata twoway figures
Remove blanks from string variables in Stata
Identify and remove blank space in Stata’s string variables
Combining strings into one variable
I’m again playing around with strings in Stata and need to combine (string) variables with (string) variables as well as strings in locals with string variables. Suppose you have two string variables (strvar1 and strvar2) and want to combine them, you can simply type