# st: RE: RE: RE: ifelse mata function

 From "Nick Cox" To Subject st: RE: RE: RE: ifelse mata function Date Tue, 12 May 2009 21:11:29 +0100

```I usually end up doing something like Philippe's example when I want an
equivalent to :? that produces a vector or matrix result.

Note that Nicola's particular example is not very convincing as

abs(y - x)

gets you there in one. If abs() didn't exist

rowmax((x,y)) - rowmin((x,y))

would be another way to do it.

But Nicola's wider question remains. I don't know if there's a technical
question why :? doesn't extend beyond scalar results.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

philippe van kerm

Sorry, I realize the conditional operator will not help as it only takes
a scalar as condition. Then, one can probably do the switch 'manually'
with something like

z = (y:>=x) :* (y:-x)   +   (1:-(y:>=x)) :* (x:-y)

philippe van kerm

> See under 'conditional operator':
>
>  help m2_op_conditional
> (http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?m2_op_conditional)

Nicola Orsini

> > do you know any mata function similar to ifelse implemented in R or
> > the cond() programming function in Stata?
> >
> >
>
http://www.iiap.res.in/astrostat/School07/R/library/base/html/ifelse.ht
> > ml
> >
> > I know I can loop across observations but it's not really fast with
> > large dataset in an optimization process where this process has to
be
> > repeated many times.
> >
> > Here is a simple example
> >
> > mata
> > mata clear
> > y =  runiform(10,1)
> > x =  runiform(10,1)
> > z =  J(10,1,.)
> > for (i=1; i<=rows(y); i++) {
> >             if (y[i]>= x[i]) z[i] = y[i]-x[i]
> >                   else       z[i] = x[i]-y[i]
> >       }
> > y, x, z
> > end
> >
> > Wouldn't be great to have a mata function like -ifelse-?
> >
> > ifelse(y>=x, z=y-x, z=x-y)

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