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Greg Evans <Greg.Evans@evans-corp.com> |

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Re: st: re: ML program and ML maximize help |

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Thu, 11 Sep 2008 14:40:07 -0400 |

Thanks Kit.

You are absolutely right about fixing this error leading to several others. I've managed to work through some of them, but am still having some problems, though the problem appears to be closer to the likelihood itself (which is progress!).

The lnf variable seems to get replaced with "ML_f" and then Stata gives me an error that ML_f is not found. It appears to have to do with my attempt to do a 3 step likelihood (when I take the 2 steps out and just try to do one, I get an error " { required "). At no time do I create or refer to ML_f so this appears to be something Stata does on it's own.

Here I will reprint the likelihood portion and below I will produce the error:

mlsum `lnf'= -ln(`sigma') - (1/(2*`sigma'^2))*($ML_y1 + `alpha1' - `beta')^2 if $ML_y1 < 0

replace `lnf' = -ln(`sigma') - (1/(2*`sigma'^2))*($ML_y1 + `alpha2' - `beta')^2 if $ML_y1 > 0

replace `lnf' = ln(normal(`alpha2'-`beta')/`sigma') - normal(`alpha1'-`beta')/`sigma') if $ML_y1=0

if `last' == 1

Below is the error code from the ml check output (it's ugly, but I'm copying and pasting just as is without cleaning anything up for fear I would change anything):

- mlsum `lnf'= -ln(`sigma') - (1/(2*`sigma'^2))*($ML_y1 + `alph

> a1' - `beta')^2 if $ML_y1 < 0

= mlsum ML_f= -ln(__00000F) - (1/(2*__00000F^2))*(ri_r + __0000

> 0C - __00000E)^2 if ri_r < 0

- replace `lnf' = -ln(`sigma') - (1/(2*`sigma'^2))*($ML_y1 + `a

> lpha2' - `beta')^2 if $ML_y1 > 0

= replace ML_f = -ln(__00000F) - (1/(2*__00000F^2))*(ri_r + __0

> 0000D - __00000E)^2 if ri_r > 0

variable ML_f not found

replace `lnf' = ln(normal(`alpha2'-`beta')/`sigma') - normal(

> `alpha1'-`beta')/`sigma') if $ML_y1=0

if `last' == 1

}

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Greg Evans

University of Georgia

Choose Happy!

Kit Baum wrote:

< >

global stock

program define lesmond

version 10.1

args todo b lnf

tempvar alpha1 alpha2 beta sigma last

mleval `alpha1' = `b', eq(1)

mleval `alpha2' = `b', eq(2)

mleval `beta' = `b', eq(3)

mleval `sigma' = `b', eq(4)

// MY_panel contains the panel ID

local by $stock

sort `by'

I don't think this has anything to do with ML. Your 'global stock' defines the macro $stock as empty, and then you say

local by $stock

which will cause the local to be empty, and then you

sort `by'

which evaluates to

sort

It is true that sort requires a varlist. This is why you're getting a `varlist required' error. Define the stock macro as having some content and it should work (or at least give you a new, interesting error message).

Cheers

Kit

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin

http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html

An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:

http://www.stata-press.com/books/imeus.html

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