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I am trying to assign a vector of values (v= [1/3 0.01 0.5]) to a vector of parameters (w = [alpha beta gamma]) in order to make Matlab save the entries of the value vector as the parameter values. So for instance the third entry of v should be assigned to the third value in w. Matlab should then save gamma = 0.5 in the workspace. I was not able to figure out how to do it. My solution always just overwrites the other vector but does not save the entries in the workspace. I hope, someone can help me out.

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  • $\begingroup$ I dont get why you just dont define alpha = 1/3 beta=0.01 gamma= 0.5 separately and then if you need it in a vector form just do that with w = [alpha beta gamma]. Wouldnt this do what you want? $\endgroup$
    – 1muflon1
    Nov 24 '20 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ The simplest approach would be to write a function that assigns the parameter set to the structures variables. Hence, para.alpha=v(1);para.beta=v(2), and para.gamma=v(3). $\endgroup$ Nov 24 '20 at 12:13
  • $\begingroup$ @1muflon1 I am writing a function which uses the vector as input. In order to vary the entries, I was trying to create something like this. $\endgroup$
    – Hokkaido21
    Nov 24 '20 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ @HolgerI.Meinhardt thanks a lot. That solves my problem! $\endgroup$
    – Hokkaido21
    Nov 24 '20 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ @HolgerI.Meinhardt consider posting it as an answer $\endgroup$
    – 1muflon1
    Nov 24 '20 at 16:07
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Here is my approach to assign a set of parameters to a macroeconcomic model:

function para=assign_parameters(v)

if length(v)==3
   para.alpha=v(1);
   para.beta=v(2);
   para.gamma=v(3);
else
   error('parameter input has not correct format of length 3!');
end

The advantage is that the parameter set can be changed on the fly. That is, one can assign to the same underlying macroeconomic model a different set of numerical parameters without observing any conflict among the analyzed models. This would allow a quick comparison of model outcomes and ensure a clear as well as consistent model environment.

For instance, the example from the post can be assigned by

pm=assign_parameters(v)

and if one wants to study a second model like

v2=[2/3 1/100 1/2]

one should assign this set of parameters to a different structure name like

pm2=assign_parameters(v2)

Then both sets remain separated and the first parameter set will not be overwritten by the second.

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