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# st: Optimize

 From Mohamud Hussein <[email protected]> To "[email protected]" <[email protected]> Subject st: Optimize Date Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:59:08 +0100

```Hi there,

I am trying to run a model for a marginal cost curve equation based on the traditional cubic total cost curve function (i.e. y= x^3+X^2+X+c) using Stata's optimize() command. The goal is to estimate the value of x which minimises y subject to a number of constraints.

When I tried to specify the marginal cost curve function in mata directly as y=3x^2+2x+1 (i.e. first derivative of the total cost equation) I got the following message:

Iteration 0:   f(p) =          1  (not concave)
Iteration 1:   f(p) =  7.911e+71  (not concave)
Iteration 2:   f(p) =  1.95e+169  (not concave)
Iteration 3:   f(p) =  8.32e+250  (not concave)
Iteration 4:   f(p) =  1.62e+288  (not concave)
Iteration 5:   f(p) =  2.34e+306
Hessian is not negative semidefinite

I have never used Stata's mata programming language before and am not quite sure of what do here? Grateful if someone can help me on this.

Thanks,
Mohamud

Agricultural Economist
Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera)
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