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st: I get the error-message "file not estimates r(610);" when using - mi estimate -


From   "Bertel Hansen" <lack-o-bertel@jubii.dk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: I get the error-message "file not estimates r(610);" when using - mi estimate -
Date   Wed, 6 Oct 2010 05:46:11 -0700


Dear statalisters!

I'm doing a project about different phases of democratic transitions and their possible effects on economic growth. Because of the large amounts of missing data in econometric country data, I have decided to use multiple imputation to fill in the blanks. 

Unfortunately, I can't get stata to perform the mi estimations. I have used the following commands:

- mi query -
- mi set flong [or any other style] -
- mi register imputed [variables to be imputed]  
- mi register regular [other non-passive variables] 
- mi impute [tried a host of different methods like - regress - , - mvn - , - logit - etc.], add([usually 5, but other numbers have been tried]) 

All of the above works fine. Then I attempt the actual estimation...

- mi estimate: regress [or some other function] variable1 variable2 -

... and get this error message:

- file not estimates -
- r(610); -

I have encountered the same error with many different datasets; both original, simulated and hand-typed. As the generic error description says that the file is not of a stata-format, I have tried to use csv-datasets and datasets from different versions of stata. All to no avail. 

The original plan was to use the Amelia II-application for R to do the imputations and then have stata do the estimates (since I'm pretty non-fluent in R), so I have also tried using imported Amelia II-imputations with the - mi import - command. They too work fine up untill the estimation.  

I have combed the web and help-files for a solution to this problem, so I really hope you guys can help.

Thank you for your consideration!

- Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen 

PS. I'm completely new to statalist, so please excuse any breaks of protocol.

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*Specs*

STATA: Stata 11.0 (in administrator-mode)
OS: Windows 7 (64 bit)
Memory: 4 GB ram
Processor: AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M300 2.00 ghz



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