# st: re: return a specific bit from integer variable

 From Kit Baum To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject st: re: return a specific bit from integer variable Date Sun, 4 Oct 2009 09:03:24 -0400

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Given an integer between 0-255 and the desired bit to be retrieved (counting from the left or high-order bit), this routine will give you the binary form of the integer and the bit as locals:

mata: mata clear
mata:
void bit(real scalar v, real scalar w)
{
string vector d, b
d=("0000","0001","0010","0011","0100","0101","0110","0111", //
"1000","1001","1010","1011","1100","1101","1110","1111")
for(i=1;i<=cols(d);i++) {
dd = d[i] :+ d
b = b, dd
}
if( v>0 & v <= 255 & w > 0 & w <= 8) {
st_local("v" , b[v+1] )
st_local("w", substr(b[v+1], w, 1))
}
}
end

. mata: bit(128,1)

. di "`v' `w'"
10000000 1

. mata: bit(128,3)

. di "`v' `w'"
10000000 0

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