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Re: st: need mata or perhaps egen help

From   "Scott Merryman" <>
Subject   Re: st: need mata or perhaps egen help
Date   Thu, 22 May 2008 16:02:26 -0500

You can use -st_data()- and -st_store()- to move data between Stata
and mata (see -help m4_stata- )

Below is one way:

//nearest neighbor matrix
set obs 20
set seed 12345
forv i = 1/20 {
	qui gen v`i' = uniform()<.2 in  `i'/l
	qui replace v`i' = 0 in `i'
mata: dist = makesymmetric(st_data(.,.))
mata: dist
drop v*

set obs 20
gen spending = uniform()
gen total =.

//total spending of neighbors
spend = st_data(.,"spending")
X = dist*spend
st_store(.,"total", X)


On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 3:06 PM, David Merriman <> wrote:
> I have a set of 584 communities and a square (584x584) matrix D that
> measures the
> distance from each community to each community.
> For each community I also have (584x1) vector (EDI) containing a
> variable that measures (essentially) the total amount spent on
> economic development incentives.
> I have this data for a number of years but I do not think that is
> important to my programming issues.
> For each of my communities I want a single variable that measures the
> total amount spent within a given distance (say 15 miles) on economic
> development incentives.
> I can convert my D matrix into a zero/1 matrix
> (assign zero to home community and and any community more than 15
> miles distant, 1 otherwise) and Call  this DT
> Seems I should be then be able to use mata to do the matrix multiplication
> R should be a 584x1 vector with the variable I need.
> The problem (I think) is that I have never used mata and am having a
> hard time figuring out how to feed my stata data into mata, do the
> multiplication and get the result back  to stata.
> Can anyone tell me how to do this?
> Maybe there is an easier way to do it with egen or some other stata commands.
> Thanks
> Dave Merriman
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