Bridging the Gap Between Ox and Gauss Using Oxgauss
Maastricht University - Department of Quantitative Economics
Maastricht University - Department of Economics
CORE Discussion Paper No. 2004/12
The purpose of this paper is to review and discuss the key improvements brought to OxGauss. Without having to install Gauss on his or her machine, the OxGauss user can run under Ox a wide range of Gauss programs and codes. Even with the console Ox version (free for academics), Gauss codes can either be called from Ox programs or run and executed on their own. While the new OxGauss version is very powerful in most circumstances, it is of little use once the purpose is to execute programs that attempt to solve optimization problems using Cml, Maxlik or Optmum. In this paper we propose a set of additional procedures that contribute to bridge the gap between Ox and three well-known Gauss application modules: Cml, Maxlik or Optmum. The effectiveness of our procedures is illustrated by revisiting a large number of freely available Gauss codes in which numerical optimization relies on the above Gauss application modules. The Gauss codes include many programs dealing with non-linear models such as the Markov regime-switching models STAR models and various GARCH-type models. These illustrations highlight a further potentially interesting implication of OxGauss: it enables non-Gauss users to replicate existing empirical results using freely available Gauss codes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10working papers series
Date posted: March 28, 2007
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