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# RE: st: RE: RE: estimate precision in MATA

 From Marie-Claire Robitaille-Blanchet To "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" Subject RE: st: RE: RE: estimate precision in MATA Date Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:38:58 +0800

```Thanks!

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From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Stas Kolenikov
Sent: Wednesday, 22 September 2010 9:09 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: RE: RE: estimate precision in MATA

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 2:25 AM, Marie-Claire Robitaille-Blanchet
<marie-claire.robitaille-blanchet@uwa.edu.au> wrote:
> Let say I want to sum two variables. I can use format to increase the number of digits after the decimal point for the new variable = old_variable_1 + old_variable_2.
>
> I'm looking for the equivalent but when I sum matrixes in MATA. So I want to increase the number of digit after the decimal point for the new matrix I'm creating from already existing matrixes. And, if possible, I would prefer the entry in the new matrix to be in the data type: double.

Mata already operates in double precision. If you need even higher
precision for your computations, there are -quad*()- functions
available. For each individual number, you can -printf()- it in the
format you like:

. mata
: pi()
3.141592654

: printf("%20.18f",pi())
3.141592653589793100

Here, of course, the trailing zeroes are wrong, but Stata may have no
way of figuring out that they are.

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Stas Kolenikov, also found at http://stas.kolenikov.name
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