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  • transforming dta format into matrix format


    I have 33x33 symmetric matrix in txt format, which I import into Stata 15 (w.dta, henceforth). I would like to use this matrix for spatial econometric analysis.
    However, Stata does not recognize this dataset as matrix.
    What do I need to do to convert it to a matrix format, which I can use in spatial econometric modelling?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Mina: If you want to use the matrix in subsequent Stata computations, then check out the -mkmat- command
    help mkmat
    If instead you want to do the analysis in Mata, then check out -st_data-
    help mf_st_data
    Either way it is straightforward to get your data into a matrix that can be used for subsequent analysis.


    • #3
      Mina Wu
      You could read the file and parse it into a matrix all in Mata, but it is difficult to provide any more useful information without knowing more about the file (e.g., how are the data delimited, etc...). In the worst case scenario, you could probably define the matrix directly in a .do file or something similar then could create a file that saves/stores the Mata matrix for later use.


      • #4
        wbuchanan and John Mullahy Thank you so much for the answer!
        I have scarce knowledge of Mata.. My matrix is only 33x33, so that should work directly in STATA. It is a sparse symmetric matrix, whose row-value sum to 1. Its row start with v1..v2, while its values are 0 and <1. Basically, I converted the dataset to matrix using the help file, as suggested by John Mullahy

        help mkmat
        Which allows to convert variables (33, with names v1-v33) into matrix w. What i do is the following:

        mkmat v1-v33, matrix(w)
        I receive no error message after this command. Basically, after this I import my data (spatial panel dataset) and apply spxtregress command (spatial pane). However, w matrix (saved above) is not recognized at all. In fact, I get a message

        weighting matrix w not found
        How can I store matrix w for alter use, as recognized by wbuchanan ?

        Thank you very much.


        • #5
          Mina: I'm not very familiar with -spxtregress- but on quick inspection it looks like you might need to use -spmatrix create- instead of -mkmat-.