COURSE ID: D-IN19 LANGUAGE:

A GENTLE INTRODUCTION TO MATA

Mata, Stata’s relatively “low level” built-in matrix compiled language, is similar in many ways to R, Matlab or GAUSS. As such, it cannot be considered a replacement for Stata, nor is it intended to be a stand-alone statistical package in itself. Rather it is a programming tool which is best used as a supplement to Stata, in order to execute those tasks, which Stata does not do very well on its own. One of the main drawbacks in learning Mata however, is that the Mata Reference Manual, whilst extremely detailed, offers little advice on how Mata can be actively implemented. In this course therefore, we seek to bridge this gap, offering participants a gentle, but extensive introduction into Mata’s programming capabilities. To this end, the opening sessions focus on more general considerations, such as when the use of Mata is either justified or warranted and offers participants an overview of Mata’s syntax and its principle commands. The program then moves on to illustrate both Mata’s functions and built-in libraries and how Mata’s operators (such as functions, pointers and structures) and code can be effectively integrated in both user written do and ado files.

At the end of the workshop, it is expected that participants we be able to independently implement the techniques learnt during the course of the workshop in order be able to use Mata to work more effectively in Stata.

This course is, by it’s very nature, to be considered much much a “hands-on/applied training program”. Each session is composed of both a theoretical component (in which the techniques are explained), and an applied (hands-on) segment, during which participants have the opportunity to implement the techniques under the watchful eye of the course tutor. Throughout the course, theoretical sessions are reinforced by practical examples, in which the course tutor discusses and highlights potential pitfalls and the advantages of individual programming techniques.

Researchers in any field interested in learning Stata’s programming matrix language. Ph.D. students and researchers interested in extending their existing knowledge of Mata.

A good knowledge of Stata and its programming functions/commands. Please note: a working knowledge of “low-level” and matrix programming languages is to be considered a “plus”.

SESSION I

A taxonomy of Mata functioning
Obtaining help in Stata
Using Mata interactively
Mata syntax and operators
Subscripting
Customizing graphs

 

SESSION II

Functions: types, declarations and arguments
Compile and use a function
Flow of control: loops and brenching
Built-in Mata functions
Mata libraries
Using Mata with do-files

 

SESSION III

Functions of functions
Pointers and structures
Functions’ optimization: optimize and moptimize
Using Mata with ado-files

The course will be held in Berlin, on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October 2018.

 

Students*: € 735.00
University: € 1171.00
Non-Profit/Public Research Centres: € 1480.00
Commercial: € 1640.00

**To be eligible for student prices, participants must provide proof of their full-time student status for the current academic year.

Fees are subject to VAT (applied at the current Italian rate of 22%). Under current EU fiscal regulations, VAT will not however applied to companies, Institutions or Universities providing a valid tax registration number.

Course fees cover: course materials (handouts, Stata do files and datasets to used during the course), a temporary licence of Stata valid for 30 days from the beginning of the course, light lunch and coffee breaks.

The number of participants is limited to 8. Places, will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The course will be officially confirmed, when at least 5 individuals are enrolled.
To maximize the usefulness of this course, we strongly recommend that participants bring their own laptops with them, to enable them to actively participate in the empirical sessions.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Individuals interested in attending the training course, must return their completed registration forms either by email (training@tstat.eu) or by fax (+39 0864 206014) to TStat by the 2nd of October 2018.


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Mata, Stata’s relatively “low level” built-in matrix compiled language, is similar in many ways to R, Matlab or GAUSS. As such, it cannot be considered a replacement for Stata, nor is it intended to be a stand-alone statistical package in itself. Rather it is a programming tool which is best used as a supplement to Stata, in order to execute those tasks, which Stata does not do very well on its own. One of the main drawbacks in learning Mata however, is that the Mata Reference Manual, whilst extremely detailed, offers little advice on how Mata can be actively implemented. In this course therefore, we seek to bridge this gap, offering participants a gentle, but extensive introduction into Mata’s programming capabilities.