1000 Things You Should Know About Ancient History by John Farndon

By John Farndon

This publication offers a wealthy source of data wih greatest effect and minimal muddle. a thousand proof are lined through a hundred subject matters, each one with 10 key issues that supply an easy yet memorable deal with at the topic. interesting info panels in addition to prolonged captions enlarge this speedy hearth strategy.

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Returning results to ado-code You have many more choices on how to return results from your Mata function to the calling ado-code. 1. You can return results in r() —as we did in our example—or in e() or in s(). 2. , whose names are passed to your Mata subroutine as arguments. 3. , whose names are of your devising. [M-1] ado — Using Mata with ado-files 17 In all cases, see [M-5] st global( ). st global() is probably not the function you will use, but there is a wonderfully useful table in the Remarks section that will tell you exactly which function to use.

Thus 1. Mata can be used by users who want to think in matrix terms and perform (not necessarily simple) matrix calculations interactively, and 2. Mata can be used by advanced Stata programmers who want to add features to Stata. Mata has something for everybody. Primary features of Mata are that it is fast and that it is C-like. Remarks This introduction is presented under the following headings: Invoking Mata Using Mata Making mistakes: Interpreting error messages Working with real numbers, complex numbers, and strings Working with scalars, vectors, and matrices Working with functions Distinguishing real and complex values Working with matrix and scalar functions Performing element-by-element calculations: Colon operators Writing programs More functions Mata environment commands Exiting Mata If you are reading the entries in the order suggested in [M-0] intro, see [M-1] interactive next.

When an expression is not assigned to a variable, the result of the expression is displayed. Assignment is performed by the = operator: : x = 2 + 2 : x 4 : _ When we type “x = 2 + 2”, the expression is evaluated and stored in the variable we just named x. The result is not displayed. We can look at the contents of x, however, simply by typing “x”. From Mata’s perspective, x is not only a variable but also an expression, albeit a rather simple one. Just as 2 + 2 says to load 2, load another 2, and add them, the expression x says to load x and stop there.

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