# Re: st: Mata st_store problem with selectvar (using mm_root)

 From Ben Jann To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Mata st_store problem with selectvar (using mm_root) Date Wed, 11 Feb 2009 21:38:17 +0100

```Think of what you are asking Mata to do.

st_store(1, ...)

means: "Write something to observation 1." If you type

st_store(1, "x", "rc", x)

(or -st_store(1, "x", 1, x)- if rc is the first variable) and variable
"rc" is zero for the first observation, this means: "Write x to no
observation". "no observation" has zero rows, but x is a scalar in
your example and therefore has 1 row. Hence the conformability error.

You could code, e.g.

rc = (mm_root(x = .,&myfunc(),0,1,0,1000,a)==0)
if (rc) st_store(1, "x", x)

ben

On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 4:25 PM, Bob Hammond <robert_hammond@ncsu.edu> wrote:
> All,
>
> I want to store a Mata scalar in my Stata data set using st_store(), but
> only in certain cases, as determined by selectvar.  My reading of the
> st_data() help file (where st_store() directs you to concerning selectvar)
> says that the following should work:
>
> clear
> cap mata: mata drop myfunc()
> set obs 1
> gen double rc = .
> gen double x = .
> mata
>   function myfunc(x, a) return(x^2 - a)
>   a = 2
>   rc = (mm_root(x = .,&myfunc(),0,1,0,1000,a)==0)
>   st_store(1,"rc",rc)
>   st_store(1,"x",1,x)
> end
> list
>
> My Stata variable "rc" is equal to one if the mm_root() function has found a
> valid solution.  I only want st_store() to write the solution to the data
> set when it is valid.
>
> Instead, the program correctly writes the solution to the data set when it
> is valid (try by changing a to "a = 2/3" above) but generates a "3200
>  conformability error" when it is invalid (try the program as written above,
> which generates no valid solution because it looks between 0 and 1 for the
> square root of 2).
> Maybe this is a simple error in my reading of how to use selectvar but I
> have tried it by placing "rc" and, alternatively, by placing 1 (the variable
> number of "rc") in the third argument of st_store().  Both ways give the
> same conformability error.
>
> Any thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance,
>
> Bob
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