Hi there,

I'd like to ask what the interaction operator 'makes'?

I was working on a function that generates new interaction series for each step combination of factors.

This is working for a list of factors and generates bivariate combinations as in A*B

I'm stuck with making it possible to generate A*B*C and so on.

This should be possible with a recursive function!

I think with a new gretl operato '*' the whole procedure would get much easier to implement.

I also encountered some bugs (at least on W8):

- having 'opened' a bundle and then using the '= null' command gretl crashes

- 'smpl full' does 'sometimes' not work in functions - I think if it's outside a loop.

- 'delete --type==' does not update the symbols window automatically

Here is the code for the function as well (gonna be implemented in my new multivariate statistic package).

Perhaps someone has an idea how to solve the sorting issue for more than A*B.

Cheers

Leon

04.01.2013 11:52, schrieb Pindar:

I'd like to ask what the interaction operator 'makes'?

I was working on a function that generates new interaction series for each step combination of factors.

This is working for a list of factors and generates bivariate combinations as in A*B

I'm stuck with making it possible to generate A*B*C and so on.

This should be possible with a recursive function!

I think with a new gretl operato '*' the whole procedure would get much easier to implement.

I also encountered some bugs (at least on W8):

- having 'opened' a bundle and then using the '= null' command gretl crashes

- 'smpl full' does 'sometimes' not work in functions - I think if it's outside a loop.

- 'delete --type==' does not update the symbols window automatically

Here is the code for the function as well (gonna be implemented in my new multivariate statistic package).

Perhaps someone has an idea how to solve the sorting issue for more than A*B.

Cheers

Leon

04.01.2013 11:52, schrieb Pindar:

Hi,

I'm of the opinion that a "*" operator for interaction variables is a very useful means!

A few weeks ago we discussed such possibilities in terms of MANOVA.

This would be the solution to such problems of descriptive statistics and further analysis.

What should be achieved? Well, I think list creation and usage in a model command like "dummify" now.

Would be great if this functionality would be implemented!

Have nice weekend

Leon

Am 30.12.2012 13:15, schrieb Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti:

On Sun, 30 Dec 2012, Allin Cottrell wrote:

With regard to dummify, I'm not sure that accepting a list argument

is a great idea, since a (single) series argument already produces a

list result. Producing a "list of lists" seems to me on the verge of

being out of control.

Partially OT: I'm asking myself if we should go back to an idea that we briefly considered when we introduced operators for lists, and ended up being put on hold.

The idea is to use the "*" operator for a specialised version of the Cartesian product, commony known among applied economists as "interaction" variables. To be more explicit: suppose you have two lists, X and Y, with the only requirement that X should contain discrete variables only. Then, the construct "X*Y" would perform what is accomplished through the following script.

<hansl>

open keane.gdt

list X = choice status

list Y = wage educ

loop foreach j X --quiet

matrix v = values($j)

scalar n = rows(v)

loop foreach i Y --quiet

loop for k=1..n --quiet

xi = v[k]

sprintf vname "$i_$j_%d", xi

series @vname = ($j == xi)*$i

end loop

end loop

end loop

</hansl>

Note that the dummify command/function would be a special case of this for "Y=const". I have the feeling that people working with micro data would love this.

Thoughts?

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Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali (DiSES)

Università Politecnica delle Marche

(formerly known as Università di Ancona)

r.lucchetti@univpm.it

http://www2.econ.univpm.it/servizi/hpp/lucchetti

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