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st: binormal approximation

From   Valerie Orozco <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: binormal approximation
Date   Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:13:18 +0000


I have some troubles concerning approximation of normal and binormal (in a ML program).  See this little example :

Even if :  binormal(-9,-9,0) = normal(-9)*normal(-9)

In Stata : 

. di binormal(-9,-9,0)

. di normal(-9)*normal(-9)

It seems that the « binormal » command has an approximation problem. And, as I take the logarithm of the value, I have a missing value when using the binormal. The problem is that I need the joint cumulative distribution of the bivariate normal because I have some correlation (that is r >0 in binormal(h,k,r)).

Does someone have an idea of rewriting the binormal in order to avoid the missing problem ?

Thank you.

Valérie OROZCO
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