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# Re: st: gamma

 From Nick Cox To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: gamma Date Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:57:19 +0100

Absolutely correct, but not what I recommended. Functions are
documented under -help functions-. Another trick is that

help gamma()

would get you to the help for gamma() if it existed, but it doesn't.

help lngamma()

will help. If you don't know the function name already, this is no
use, which is why I recommended -help functions-, which gets you
started.

Functions and commands in Stata are quite different families, whatever
the terminology elsewhere.

Look at -twoway function- for curve-drawing.

Nick

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM, Jason Rosenberg <RSNJAS002@myuct.ac.za> wrote:
> When I type in: help gamma, I get:
>
> Out-of-date command
>     As of Stata 8.0, the cox, weibull[het], lnormal[het], gamma[het], llogist,
>     llogistic[het], ereg[het], and gompertz[het] commands are out of date.
>     The replacement for cox is stcox.
>     The replacement for weibull[het], lnormal[het], gamma[het], llogist,
>     llogistic[het], ereg[het], and gompertz[het] is streg.
> I read through those but to no avail.
>
> In any case I used R to do the gamma part.
> If possible could you tell how to run this for a continuous variable in place of the 6, I did it for discreet variables, as in:
> egen number = seq()
> then:
> gen prob=(v/gamma(alpha/v))*(beta^(2*alpha)/(number+11.2)^(alpha+1))*exp(-(beta^2/(number+11.2))^v)
> but I need a curve instead of a simple scatter plot. If you could direct me to the relevant help files that would suffice..
>
>
> ________________________________________
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> Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:31 PM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: gamma
>
> There is no function -gamma()-, largely I suspect because its values
> become very big.
>
> There is a function -lngamma()-, so you would need -exp(lngamma())-.
>
> Almost all of this can be established by looking at the help for -functions-.
>
> Nick
>
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM, Jason Rosenberg <RSNJAS002@myuct.ac.za> wrote:
>> hi
>> I an attempting to put this equation into stata:
>>
>> gen prob=(v/gamma(alpha/v))*(beta^(2*alpha)/(6+11.2)^(alpha+1))*exp(-(beta^2/(6+11.2))^v)
>> where v, alpha, and beta are predefined my the user
>> and I get :
>> unknown function gamma()
>>
>> Is there another syntax I should know for gamma?
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