MAT-file export plugin
matwrite [anything] using filename [if exp] [in range] [, matrix(namelist) replace ]
matwrite allows you to export data in the MATLAB MAT-file format from within Stata. Variables as specified in anything can be exported as column vectors, and groups of variables can be exported as matrices. Stata matrices as specified in matrix(namelist) are exported as matrices.
anything can contain a varlist, as well as facilitating the export of a group of variables as a matrix. matwrite identifies user specified matrices by the matrix name being followed by a varlist contained within square brackets: matrixname[varlist]. For example, income[y*] will export a matrix named "income" which contains all variables which begin with "y".
matrix(namelist) specifies the Stata matrices that will be exported by matwrite. If any of the specified matrices do not exist, a warning message will be displayed, although an error will not be raised.
If anything is not specified, all variable in the open Stata dataset will be exported as column vectors. Similarly, if matrix(namelist) is not specified, all Stata matrices will be exported.
Missing values in both variables and matrices are recoded as positive infinity in MATLAB.
String variables can not be exported as this is not allowed by the Stata plugin interface.
Variable names and matrix names can not be longer than 19 characters as this is not supported by the Level 4 MAT-File format. A future version of matwrite will support the Level 5 MAT-File format which does not impose this restriction.
. matwrite using c:\matlabfile,replace
. matwrite var1 var2 var3 using c:\matlabfile, mat(mat1 mat2) replace
. matwrite var1 if var2<=10 using c:\matlabfile, mat(mat1 mat2) replace
. matwrite mymat1[var*] var1 var2 using c:\matlabfile, mat(mat1 mat2) replace
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