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Re: st: [Mata] passing a function to mata (new question)

From   Fred Wolfe <>
Subject   Re: st: [Mata] passing a function to mata (new question)
Date   Fri, 26 Aug 2005 09:20:51 -0500


In reference to your comments below, I have found Mata a little daunting with respect to how it might be used for data management and variable manipulation - non-statistical uses. Is there any thought to addressing these uses simply some where? or even having a net course? Your slides from the users meeting were helpful, but more of an overview than an actual tutorial for the uses I describe. Is it worth it for a data manipulator like me to use Mata?



At 08:47 AM 8/26/2005, you wrote:

Do you want to read this?

Mata is new and many of you have not tried it yet.

I fear that if you read this question and answer, you will never use Mata.
You will come to the conclusion that Mata is suitable only for advanced
programming problems and that using Mata requires knowledge that you do
not have, nor much care to gain.

That would be unfortunate, because Mata really is easy to use and is worth
learning.  99.99% of all problems that will ever be approached using Mata will
not involve the topics discussed below.  Do not hold it against Mata that it
can deal with the 0.01% of problems, too.

Fred Wolfe
National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases
Wichita, Kansas
Tel (316) 263-2125     Fax (316) 263-0761

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