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Re: DESIGN subcommand in GLM

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: DESIGN subcommand in GLM
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:27:28 -0700
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Jason Stover <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm thinking about how to write the parser for the DESIGN
> subcommand. My question is where to start reading. I have been reading
> the code in lexer.c and variable-parser.c.  Before I dive in, I just
> want to know if I'm looking in the right place.
> An example of the use of the DESIGN subcommand might look like this:
> ...which tells me the design matrix should have a column for the
> variable A, a column for the variable B, and columns for an
> interaction between variables A and D. Another possibility
> is 
> ...which tells me the variable A is "nested" in the variable B
> (which sounds backwards, but that's the notation).
> To write the parser, should I be looking at something like lex_get,
> or is there a set of higher-level functions that will do the job?

You will probably need to use lex_get() level functions somewhat.

For parsing a single variable name, parse_variable() is the right
function.  For parsing multiple variable names with support for
ranges, etc. (e.g. "VAR001 TO VAR003"), parse_variables() is

I do have plans for an easier parsing infrastructure.  Someday...
Ben Pfaff

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