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# Re: st: Mata void functions and pointers

 From "Brian P. Poi" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Mata void functions and pointers Date Thu, 17 May 2012 17:25:59 -0500

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On 05/17/2012 04:52 PM, Matthew Baker wrote:
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```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
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Matt,

Here is one solution where I took the liberty of writing a second function that returns a matrix based on the third argument of your example() function:

clear all
mata

void example(A,B,Ab) Ab=J(A+round(3*runiform(1,1)),B,1)

real matrix e2(real scalar A, real scalar B)
{
real matrix Ab
example(A,B,Ab)
return(Ab)
}

void main()
{
pointer(real matrix) rowvector P
P = J(3,1,NULL)
for(i=1;i<=3;++i) {
P[i] = &(e2(i,i))
}

for(i=1; i<=3; ++i) {
P[i]
*P[i]
}
}

main()

end

-- Brian Poi
-- bpoi@stata.com

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