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Re: st: ML program in Stata 12.1 for a nonlinear equation of the form Y=F(x)*G(z)

From   Antony Chapoto <>
Subject   Re: st: ML program in Stata 12.1 for a nonlinear equation of the form Y=F(x)*G(z)
Date   Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:27:50 +0000

Thanks a lot Jay.  Let me try out -nl-.


On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM, JVerkuilen (Gmail)
<> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM, Antony Chapoto <> wrote:
>> I would like your assistance to write an ML program in Stata 12.1 for
>> the following nonlinear model:
>> <snip>
> This doesn't directly answer your question, but if I'm not mistaken,
> this model could be estimated using -nl-, which is specialized for the
> problem of nonlinear regressions with Gaussian errors, and thus has
> useful post-estimation, etc. I'm a little worried that -nl- (or -ml-?)
> doesn't have an option for a regularized method (such as
> Levenberg-Marquardt), though, given how complicated your model is due
> to the G(z) term.
> That said, it looks like an unusual model with many parameters in
> which homoscedastic Gaussian errors seem potentially dubious, and is
> likely to have some difficulty estimating simply on numeric grounds.
> I'd definitely try some pro-active simulation of likely values of the
> variables.
> Jay
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> JVVerkuilen, PhD
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