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st: Re: statalist-digest V4 #1037

From   baum <>
Subject   st: Re: statalist-digest V4 #1037
Date   Mon, 14 Oct 2002 10:40:36 -0400

--On Monday, October 14, 2002 2:33 -0400 Bill wrote:

Kit is right about the "very bad idea" with respect to -float-, but not
with respect to -double-.  The problem arises at 16 digits, not 15.
Bill is of course correct; sorry for the misinformation. The general point, though--relying on floating-point datatypes to store very long strings is probably not such a good idea (since if there was one digit more, as demonstrated...) when there is a very complete set of string functions available in Stata.

Christopher F Baum, Boston College Economics, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 USA
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