# Re: st: svy:probit, margeff and lincom problem

 From Richard Williams To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, Statalist Subject Re: st: svy:probit, margeff and lincom problem Date Wed, 09 Aug 2006 00:29:33 -0500

```At 11:02 PM 8/8/2006, Dimitriy V. Masterov wrote:
```
```I am trying to obtain the correct average marginal effect for age and
its square. I am getting a strange error message after using svy:
probit, margeff,  and lincom, which says that "matrix has missing
values". After looking at the trace, I believe the problem is that the
e(V_srs) matrix is missing. Also, using an ordinary probit seems to
work. Does anyone know of a way to deal with this?

My code is:

use "http://www.stata-press.com/data/r9/nhanes2f.dta";, clear
svy: probit heartatk height weight female black age age2
margeff, at(mean age=20 age2=0) replace
lincom age+2*20*age2
```
You are pushing your luck here. margeff was written before the svy: prefix came out, and was not designed to deal with this sort of thing. (On the other hand, my mfx2 command was written for Stata 9, and it has the exact same problem!)

I think this is the problem: margeff is saving all the local macros even as it does its replace. These local macros include svy-related items. lincom looks for those and acts accordingly. If you have eret2 installed, you can try the following:

use "http://www.stata-press.com/data/r9/nhanes2f.dta";, clear
svy: probit heartatk height weight female black age age2
margeff, at(mean age=20 age2=0) replace
eret2 local N_psu, replace
lincom age+2*20*age2

That will give you an answer. But is it the correct answer? I don' know. I suggest you compute a few answers by hand to see if you believe them. In this case you get

. lincom age+2*20*age2

( 1) age + 40 age2 = 0

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
heartatk | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval]
-------------+----------------------------------------------------------------
(1) | .0000361 .0000297 1.22 0.232 -.0000244 .0000966
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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