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st: atrho0() in mvprobit

From   Zhi Su <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: atrho0() in mvprobit
Date   Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:48:05 -0400

Dear Statalists:

  I estimate a five equation model using "mvprobit". And Stata return
errors "could not calculate numerical derivatives flat or
discontinuous region encountered".
  Then I am thinking to set the starting values for the off-diagonal
elements of the rho matrix. So I use "mvprobit" to estimate four among
these five equations and get rho21, rho31, rho41, rho32,rho42, rho43
from e(rhoij) . I local them in set of name "rij" and make a matrix

  local r21=e(rho21)
  matrix V= ( 1 ,`r21',`r31' ,`r41'\ `r21', 1, `r32', `r42'\ `r31',
`r32', 1, `r43'\ `r41', `r42', `r43', 1)

  Is the rho matrix set right?
  The "mvprobit" reference says that it should be followed by command

  matrix colnames M=

  What are the column name supposed to be?
  Can I use option "atrho0(V)"  when using "mvprobit" to estimate five
  Or any other suggestions to deal with the "could not calculate
numerical derivatives flat or discontinuous region encountered" error?

Zhi Su
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Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
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