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RE: st: RE: Frontier,stata 8 & stata 9

From   "Scott Merryman" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Frontier,stata 8 & stata 9
Date   Sat, 10 Jun 2006 13:17:32 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:owner-
>] On Behalf Of Gauri Khanna
> Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 1:34 AM
> To:
> Subject: RE: st: RE: Frontier,stata 8 & stata 9
> Dear Scott,
> Thank you for your response.
> I tried the difficult option before but it had not worked. I even looked
> at
> the gradient vector to see where it nears zero. It does near zero after
> several iterations and i thought that since the gradient does not change
> perhaps I can take that as a cue to stop the iterations at that point.
> Alternatively, I could arbitrarily set the iterations to a maximum of say
> 500 and then take the values at that point.
> Regarding the maximsation problem, I am not aware of this.. where can i
> get
> more information on this?

Take a look at -help maximize-. 

"technique(algorithm_spec) (ml-programmed estimators only) specifies how the
likelihood function is to be maximized.  The following algorithms are
currently implemented in ml.  For details, see Maximum Likelihood Estimation
with Stata, 2nd edition (Gould, Pitblado, and Sribney 2003).

technique(nr) specifies Stata's modified Newton-Raphson (NR) algorithm.

technique(bhhh) specifies the Berndt-Hall-Hall-Hausman (BHHH) algorithm.

technique(dfp) specifies Davidon-Fletcher-Powell (DFP) algorithm.

technique(bfgs) specifies the Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (BFGS)

The default is technique(nr)...."

In couple examples I have tried, it take much longer to converge when the
constant is excluded from -uhet()-.  Are there strong reasons for excluding

> I guess you do not know have an answer for the stata 8 question where i
> get
> a "invalid noconstant" response to my equation:
> frontier logoutput logcorarea  loglabour logmanure logfertiliserval
> logtrac
> logox logirrigation cropdum, uhet(experience age corarea, noconstant).

I no longer have Stata 8.2 installed and the noconstant option works fine in
version 9.2.  Is your Stata fully updated?


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