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Re: st: nl: missing standar error

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: nl: missing standar error
Date   Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:15:13 +0200

--- Jay wrote:
>> It sounds to me like the variance of that parameter is essentially 0
>> or some other violation of the requirement that a covariance matrix be
>> positive definite. Try outputting the covariance matrix of the
>> parameter estimates and see if there are other missing parts or if
>> (when looked at in correlation scale) the correlation between one
>> parameter and another is very high.

--- Christina asked:
> What do you mean by "outputting the covariance matrix of the
> parameter estimates"?

type after you finished the -nl- command:
matlist e(V)

and look at the matrix in the way Jay suggested.

--- Jay wrote:
>> You may have an empirically unidentified parameter.

--- Christina asked:
> Could you please give me a hint how to identify the problem? I

In that case there is nothing you can do. To quote John Tukey (1986,
p.74-75): "The combination of some data and an aching desire for an
answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from
a given body of data."

Hope this helps,

John Tukey (1986), "Sunset salvo". The American Statistician 40(1):72-76.

Maarten L. Buis
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
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