# st: RE: programming help

 From "Alexandru Voicu" To Subject st: RE: programming help Date Tue, 22 Feb 2005 14:35:00 +0100

```I am no specialist in STATA. There are at least a couple of ways you can
do this. I tried two which work very well in gauss from which I am
borrowing conventions.

If you are more confortable working with vectors

1. Sort X from the smallest to the largest and Y from the largest to the
smallest.
2. construct one indicator vector ind which takes value 1 if x .ge y, 0
else, where .ge is element by element x greater or equal to y
3. result = x .* ind +  y .* (1-ind), where .* is element by element
multiplication

If you want to construct a loop

1. Sort X from the smallest to the largest and Y from the largest to the
smallest.
2. Construct the result vector equal to the sorted x.
3. initialize the cycle by letting i=1, and test = difference btw the
first elements of sorted y and x
i.e. test = y[1,1]-x[1,1];
4. do while test > 0
5. inside the loop
Result[I,1] = y[I,1];
i=i+1;
Test = y[I,1]-x[I,1];
6. Close the loop.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of MITRA PINAKI
(MAR1PXM)
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 1:58 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: programming help

Dear all,

I am struggling with the following problem and wondering if I can
get any help on this. I have two row vectors, X=(x11, x21, x31, ...,
xn1)' and Y=(y11, y21, y31, ..., yn1)' where n=300 (I have 300 elements
in each of the row vectors). My problem is the following: 1) I need to
calculate the largest value of Y and the smallest value of X. 2) If the
largest value of Y is grater than the smallest value of X, replace the
smallest value of X by the largest value of Y. 3) At the next step,
ignore the previous largest value of Y and find the largest from the
rest of the 299 elements of Y. Also for X, find the smallest value of X
from the rest of the 299 elements of X and if the largest value of Y is
grater than the smallest value of X, replace the smallest value of X by
the largest value of Y. 4) The loop stops when the largest value of Y
from the rest of Y elements is less than equal to the smallest value of
X from the rest of X elements. 5) Construct the new X vector (X_NEW)
with the new elements of Y after replacement keeping the unchanged
elements of X.

My problem is that I am not able to construct the loop correctly and
getting no where. Thank you for your help.

Pinaki

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