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Re: st: obtaining the value of c(byteorder) in Mata


From   wgould@stata.com (William Gould, Stata)
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: obtaining the value of c(byteorder) in Mata
Date   Mon, 22 May 2006 08:21:11 -0500

Phil Schumm <pschumm@uchicago.edu> writesw, 

> [...] my understanding was that values of c() scalars were to be referenced
> in Mata using st_numscalar() and st_strscalar().  Yet while this appears to
> work for numeric scalars, it doesn't seem to work for string scalars:
>
>       . mata: st_numscalar("c(SE)")
>         1
>
>       . mata: st_strscalar("c(byteorder)")
>    

Phil has discovered a bug.  

Another way to obtain c() values is using Mata's -c()- function:

	. mata: c("SE")
	  1

	. mata: c("byteorder")
	  "lohi"

There was nothing wrong with Phil's st_numscalar() and st_strscalar() 
approach, both are intended to work.

-- Bill
wgould@stata.com
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