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RE: st: Repeating a program

From   "Martin Weiss" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: Repeating a program
Date   Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:48:44 +0200

It is hard to see why you would not want to use -simulate- here. See the
bottom of -h simulate- for a helpful example. AFAIK, there is nothing in
there that would prevent you from changing the covariates for each run of
the -program- or from -summariz(e)-ing- predicted values. Let me illustrate
this with OLS, tune it to your -logit- command as you see fit.

   cap pr drop sim
    pr def sim, rclass
        version 10.1
        drop _all
        set obs 10000
        tempvar y x1 x2 pred
        g `x1'=runiform()*2
        g `x2'=rchi2(4)
        gen `y' = 0.5+2*`x1'+4*`x2'+rnormal()
        reg `y' `x1' `x2'
        predict `pred'
        su `pred'
        ret sca mean = r(mean)
        ret sca Var  = r(Var)

    simulate mean=r(mean) var=r(Var), reps(1000): sim


-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Maarten buis
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 12:36 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: st: Repeating a program

--- On 9/11/08, Larraine Becker <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> I want to run a logit program 1000 times, outputting the predicted
>>> y values each time. I'm not sure how to go about this - I was
>>> I was thinking of doing a simulation, but before I submit the logit
>>> command, I also use a random number generator to randomly change
>>> variables in order to compare the predicted values each time.

-simulate- sounds appropriate for this kind of problem. The real trick
is to decide what it is that you want to store after each -logit-
command. I gave a tutorial on how to use -simulate- at Summer North
American stata Users meeting in Chicago, you can download the material
from here: (Also see on how to
view this material)

-- Maarten

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

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