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st: Re: Extracting specific elements from a matrix

From   Dani Tilley <>
Subject   st: Re: Extracting specific elements from a matrix
Date   Mon, 5 Jul 2010 14:10:15 -0700 (PDT)

Much appreciated Martin. Incidentally, how do you go about creating an empty vector in Stata? I noticed that -generate- creates a new variable of length N,but what if I want a variable of length 10? I tried macro and local but they appear to hold strings rather than floats. 

----- Original Message ----


Either talk to the coeff as "_b" (-help _variables-) or define a 
and extract from it:

sysuse auto, clear
reg price weight length rep78

di _b[weight]

mat A=e(b)
di A[1,1]

From: Dani Tilley <>
Sent: Mon, July 5, 2010 4:36:25 PM
Subject: Extracting specific elements from a matrix


I need to extract the first element of a matrix of coefficients and store it on a variable, and repeat the process i times. I can set up the for loop and do the storing, but I don't know how to access element [i,j] of a matrix A.

In particular, my matrix is e(b), the vector of coefficients from a regression with k explanatory variables. I tried -e(b)[1,1]- but that didn't take me far.

Any help is appreciated.

DF Tilley

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