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Re: st: RE: [Mata] naming matrices in a loop

From   Antoine Terracol <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: [Mata] naming matrices in a loop
Date   Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:03:29 +0100

Thanks Nick and Stas,

I've tried pointers, but I must be doing something wrong. Must have a closer look at the manual.

Since the matrices need not have the same dimensions, I cannot just populate a larger matrix with the results.


On 18/03/2010 16:52, Stas Kolenikov wrote:
If you REALLY want to do something like that, you can return the
results to Stata and pull them back as you need:

for (n=1;n<=10;n++){
                 st_matrix("result"+strofreal(n),<result of the calculation>)

A = st_matrix( "result1") * st_matrix("result2") + st_matrix("result3")

But I totally agree with Nick that you should try to avoid this, and
am learning to write my programs that way :). May be you can write a
function that returns the matrix with the results. May be you can
accumulate the results into a larger matrix (if your results are
vectors rather than matrices). With a more heavy weight machinery of
Mata (and some elegance, too), you might be able to set up a vector of
structures an element of which is a matrix (help
m2_struct##tagmatrices). Then you could address them as

Each programming environment has its own strengths that you should try
to utilize. I am always driven nuts when I see Fortran or SAS code
lurking behind a do-file that somebody sends to me :)).

On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Nick Cox<>  wrote:
In a word, pointers.

Another answer: Although experience in Stata can lead you to want to
program in this way, I often find that the problem can be structured to
avoid it.


Antoine Terracol

There must be an obvious way to solve my problem, but I just seem to be
unable to find it...

In a Mata loop, I want to store the result of each pass into a separate
matrix whose name depends on the value of the counter

It would look like:

for (n=1;n<=10;n++){
                name_that_depends_on_n=<result of the calculation>

so that I get 10 matrices named, for example, result1, result2, ...,

In Stata, I would do something like

forvalues i=1/10 {
                result`i'=<result of the calculation>

How can this be done in Mata?

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