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Re: st: Using test after nl - not working

From   Maarten buis <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Using test after nl - not working
Date   Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:03:36 +0100 (BST)

--- Lina Jonsson <[email protected]> wrote:
> I'm using nl and would like to test equality between two coefficients
> after estimation. According to the Stata manual test is available
> after nl but I can't seem to get it to work. 

The trick is to find out how Stata is calling your parameters. The
easiest way is to type -matrix list e(b)- after you estimated your
model. In this case you will find out that each parameter is a constant
(_cons) in it's own equation. Within the test syntax you refer to such
a parameter as [equation name]variable name . Notice that the variable
is in this case _cons and not the variable in the -nl- command. See the
example below.

*-------------- begin example -----------------------
sysuse auto, clear
nl (price = exp({b0} + {b1}*foreign + {b2}*weight) )
matrix list e(b)
test [b1]_cons = [b2]_cons
*----------------- end example ----------------------
(For more on how to use examples I sent to the Statalist, see )

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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The Netherlands

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