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Re: st: [Mata] passing a function to mata (new question)
Fred Wolfe <email@example.com> wrote,
> [...] I have found Mata a little daunting with respect to [...]
> non-statistical uses. Is there any thought to addressing these uses
> simply some where? or even having a net course? [...]
Yes, there will be a NetCourse, and I hope we'll have it ready late in
In addition, I have agreed to write a column about Mata for the Stata Journal.
The first of those in columns will appear in the next issue and is on
translating Fortran into Mata. I am very pleased with the first column.
I'm thinking about making the second on data management and Mata.
Fred also asked,
> Is it worth it for a data manipulator like me to use Mata?
I can think of a few data-management problems, the solutions for which we
programmed in Stata, that if I were writing them today, I'd write in
Mata. -cross- and -fillin- come to mind. In addition, Mata would be the
natural language to implement -outreg- and its decendents.
That said, most data-management tasks involve sorting and merging, and
Stata is data-management language, and the better choice for most
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