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# Re: st: Mata void functions and pointers

 From Matthew Baker To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Mata void functions and pointers Date Thu, 17 May 2012 17:52:41 -0400

```Brendan (and others):

I should have been more clear! I would certainly prefer to use a
vector to collect the elements, but the objects I'm collecting are of
unknown dimension which is not known in advance, so perhaps I should
have used an example like:

/* Begin example */
clear all
mata
void example(A,B,Ab) Ab=J(A+round(3*runiform(1,1)),B,1)
P=J(3,1,NULL)
for (i=1;i<=3;i++) {
example(i,i,Ab=.)
Ab
P[i]=&Ab
}

/* display results */

for (i=1;i<=3;i++) *P[i]
end
/* end example */

I have thought about trying to readjust the dimensions of the vector
every time it is a little different, but this seems kind of clumsy and
I was hoping for a better alternative.

Thanks again!

Matt Baker

On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Brendan Halpin <brendan.halpin@ul.ie> wrote:
> On Thu, May 17 2012, Matthew Baker wrote:
>
>> Dear listers:
>>
>>      I have a problem in which I am trying to populate the elements of
>> a pointer with the results of a function. The problem is, the function
>> is void and returns its results through an argument, which makes
>> getting results into a pointer nontransparent. As a simple example,
>> consider the following:
>
> Perhaps I misunderstand your purpose: I assume you want a vector of
> results, not necessarily pointers to a result.
>
> This code achieves that:
>
> /* Begin example */
> clear all
> mata
> void example(A,B,Ab) Ab=A*B
>
> P=J(3,1,0) // <--- 0 not NULL
>
> Ab = .     // <--- needs to exist
>
> for (i=1;i<=3;i++) {
>   example(i,i,Ab)
>
>   P[i]=Ab // <--- No "&"
>
>   }
>
> /* Display results */
>
> for (i=1;i<=3;i++) {
>        P[i]   // <--- no need to dereference
>   }
> end
> /* end example */
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Brendan
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