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st: matrix colnames manipulation

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Subject   st: matrix colnames manipulation
Date   Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:06:48 +0100

Thanks for Maarten Buis and Nick Cox for their solutions. Note to self:
persevere. I should have got those myself.  
[In case you were wondering why I wanted to do this: -gllamm- has a
cluster-robust standard error option whereas -xtprobit- does not.]

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Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:20:44 +0200
From: Maarten Buis <>
Subject: Re: st: matrix colnames manipulation

On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM,  <> wrote:
> I want to use estimates derived using -xtprobit- as starting values
> estimation using -gllamm, family(binomial) link(probit)
> from(mat_start)-. (-gllamm- is on SSC.)  To use the "from" option, I
> want to manipulate the full column names of the e(b) matrix produced
> -xtprobit-. The issue is that -gllamm- labels the column corresponding
> to the variance of the random effect differently to -xtprobit-. So,
> specifically, how, within a long list of colnames stored with a macro,
> does one change the final name?

What about the following solution:

*---------------------- begin example ------------------------
local coln `"bu_SA:Lfemale bu_SA:Ledq_low lnsig2u:_cons"'
local coln : subinstr local coln "lnsig2u:_cons" "pid1:_cons"
di "`coln'"
*----------------------- end example -------------------------
(For more on examples I sent to the Statalist see: )


Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:24:32 +0100
From: Nick Cox <>
Subject: Re: st: matrix colnames manipulation

In the same spirit -- but assuming each name is different --

local nnames : word count `longmacro'
local last : word `nnames' of `longmacro'
local longmacro : subinstr local longmacro "`last'" "<whatever>"


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