# st: RE: RE: highest scalar of a matrix

 From "Nick Cox" To Subject st: RE: RE: highest scalar of a matrix Date Fri, 6 Jun 2003 15:05:04 +0100

```Joao Pedro W. de Azevedo [mailto:jazevedo@provide.com.br]

> > I'm looking for a function or a routine in Stata7 which would
> > give me the
> > highest scalar of a matrix [n x 1].
> > For example if I have a matrix such as  B[6,1]=(1\2\3\4\5\6)
> > this function
> > should give me a scalar or local with the value 6.

Nick Winter

> I imagine Nick Cox has done this already, but if not, the following
> routine will do it:
>
> program define matmax, rclass
>   version 7
>   args M
>   tempname val
>   local rows = rowsof(`M')
>   local cols = colsof(`M')
>   scalar `val' = `M'[1,1]
>   local mr 1
>   local mc 1
>   forval r=1/`rows' {
>     forval c=1/`cols' {
>       if `M'[`r',`c']>`val' {
>         scalar `val'=`M'[`r',`c']
>         local mr `r'
>         local mc `c'
>       }
>     }
>   }
>   di
>   di "{txt}Largest value is
> {res}`M'{txt}[{res}`mr'{txt},{res}`mc'{txt}]
> = {res}" `val'
>   return scalar largest=`val'
> end

I didn't need to; there is a -matmax- in
Jeroen Weesie's -matfunc- package.

More importantly,

. search matrix

or

. findit matrix

finds extras.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
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