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My guess is neither. Look at the -ereturn post- command you used. But you don't need to write a program after all. You can -bootstrap- -diagt- directly. The fact that it is r-class is secondary. -bootstrap- will squawk a bit, but will still deliver the goods. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk -----Original Message----- From: Alessandro A. Leidi Sent: 11 May 2009 15:57 To: 'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu' Subject: bootstrap with a user-contributed command Dear Stata users, I am using Stata/IC 10.1 for Windows Born 02 Feb 2009 I got as far as the commands below when trying to bootstrap sensitivity and specificity, (i.e. a vector) from the -diagt- command installed from SSC. Stata 10 reference manual A-H page 210 has an example of -rclass- function only, not for a user-written -eclass- command. All examples I found in the Stata list server are using system commands that already have a -function e(sample)- in the -ereturn list- So, based on the FAQ titled "How do I bootstrap a vector of results?" from http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/stat/bs_b_trick.html I wrote the following: * BEGIN =============================================================== ssc install diagt diagti 80 17 11 44 capture program drop myeprog program myeprog, eclass version 10 tempname bb diagt true test matrix `bb'=(r(sens),r(spec)) matrix colnames `bb' = sens spec ereturn post `bb' ereturn local cmd="bootstrap" end myeprog matrix list e(b) e(b)[1,2] sens spec y1 82.474227 80 bootstrap _b, reps(100): myeprog (running myeprog on estimation sample) Warning: Since myeprog is not an estimation command or does not set e(sample), bootstrap has no way to determine which observations are used in calculating the statistics and so assumes that all observations are used. This means no observations will be excluded from the resampling because of missing values or other reasons. If the assumption is not true, press Break, save the data, a nd drop the observations that are to be excluded. Be sure that the dataset in memory contains only the relevant data. Bootstrap replications (100) ----+--- 1 ---+--- 2 ---+--- 3 ---+--- 4 ---+--- 5 post __000003 not found post __000003 not found r(111); * END ===================================================================== There are no missing values in the dataset. Is this error something to do with -estimates esample- missing in -myeprog-, or anything to do with the user-contributed program -diagt- itself? Thank you for your help Sandro Leidi * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: This e-mail message, including any attachment(s), contains information that may be confidential, protected by the attorney-client or other legal privileges, and/or proprietary non-public information. If you are not an intended recipient of this message or an authorized assistant to an intended recipient, please notify the sender by replying to this message and then delete it from your system. Use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message and/or any of its attachments (if any) by unintended recipients is not authorized and may be unlawful. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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