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Re: st: Re: value labels for string variables
On søndag, okt 27, 2002, at 10:51 America/Montreal, baum wrote:
The issue is only one of convenience. Sometimes, in particular for
interactive use and exploration, it would have been convenient to have
string value labels. Convenience is not a minor issue -- if it were, I
would have chosen to do all statistical programming in C rather than
I don't see the issue here.
My work is on yearly files 1986--2000 with on average about 4E6
individuals in each file. A group of people use these files, and I
should not change them on disk merely because it is convenient for
/me/. Constantly merging in other files is a nuisance for interactive
use (dealing with these data is slow enough as it is). Most people
probably work on smaller data sets where keeping local modified
versions is sensible, but I think enough people have data of this size
to make it worthwile to modify Stata itself if it would not slow Stata
down a lot.
It is not my intent to be difficult about this, if someone can come up
with a good reason why Stata should /not/ have string labels, I am
willing to modify my opinion. That a workaround is possible is not in
itself a good reason.
Erik Ø. Sørensen, <http://www.geocities.com/erik_oiolf/>.
phd student (economics), Norwegian School of Economics.
currently visiting Queen's University, Kingston Ontario.
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