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st: Specifying a matrix containing starting values for the parameters of the model

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Subject   st: Specifying a matrix containing starting values for the parameters of the model
Date   Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:30:52 +0100

Dear Statalisters,
I am using a random effects probit model while accounting for the initial
conditions problem. I have already implemented Wooldridge's solution JAE
2005 and currently I am implementing the Heckman 1981 approach with the
redprob command from Prof Mark Stewart,-redprob- A Stata program for the
Heckman estimator of the random effects dynamic probit model, University of
Warwick, mimeo, 2006. 
The problem is that I cannot figure of a way to speficy the from () matrix
containing the initial parameters values.
This is the relevant part of the code:

/* Set up initial values. */
	tempname llrho0 b0 b00 b1 lllast b ll V b2
	if "`from'"=="" {
	di _n in gr "Pooled Probit Model for t>1"
	probit `y' `xvars' if `touse' & `t'>1
	scalar `llrho0' = _result(2)
	matrix `b0' = get(_b)
	matrix coleq `b0' = `y'

	di _n in gr "Probit Model for t=1"
	probit `y' `zvars' if `touse' & `t'==1
	scalar `llrho0' = `llrho0'+_result(2)
	matrix `b00' = get(_b)
	matrix coleq `b00' = rfper1
	matrix `b0' = `b0' , `b00'

	matrix `b1' = (-0.5, 0)
	matrix colnames `b1' = logitrho:_cons ltheta:_cons
	matrix `b0' = `b0' , `b1'
	else {
	mat `b0' = `from'
The command looks like:

redprob dependent var Lagged depenent variable other characheristics (the
variables in the reduced model for the initial period) i(personal
identification number) t(year) quadrat(#) from ( spefifies a matrix
containing initial values for the parameters of the model)

The default for the "from" matrix uses a pooled probit for t>1 and a
separate probit for the intial period.  In the example of the mimeo Stewart
(2006) defines it as: from (bstart1) but when I choose something like this
the command does not work. What I get is just the pooled probit model and
then a warning message saying no observations for the model t>1.
I do not see how the default works and I have tried many many different
matrices such as b0 etc etc without any result.
Would be most hgrateful if someone could help.

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