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"Neil Shephard" <mdeasnds@fs1.ser.man.ac.uk> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: 2 Prof. Nick |

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Tue, 4 Mar 2003 11:22:22 +0000 |

Not wanting to start a long digression on 'netiquette', but... Lee Chuntao wrote... > therotically we can learn everything from the manual. > in this regard, the list is needless > I'd disagree on three accounts... a) there are innumerable user-written ado's that are not covered in the manuals. b) help is often solicited for the most appropriate method of analysis/availability of statistical procedures within Stata. c) bugs in programs are often reported and fixed through the list. > i think the answer of the type nick gave me should be band. > 1 can answer my question in detail, or don't bother to answer. > The question you asked (How can I draw a bell curve (the density function of standard normal) in stata), was answered by Nick's original response, as it is documented in the graphics manual how to do this. > actually i have written the following code to generate the bell curve, i > just don't know if there are short ways: > > > clear > set obs 1000 > gen t = (uniform()-.5)*7 > gen x = sqrt(2*_pi)*exp(-t^2/2) > sort t > gr x t, c(l) symbol(i) pen(6) > > i am afraid that someone who always answer questions without detail is 2 > rude > If you were seeking advice on a more efficent way of achieving what you had already coded then thats the question you should have asked (and you should have included the code in the original post). I've used Statalist and various other mailing lists/newsgroups for some time now in soliciting help with problems ranging from statistics, stata, and linux admin. I don't post often, but learn a lot from reading other people's solutions to postings. A lot of people (myself included) when they first start posting pose a question which they think is reasonable, and then get annoyed/offended/frustrated when they don't get the explicit answer they require. This is because if you want a specific answer you have to ask a specific question. There is advise on mailing list etiquette in general at http://list- etiquette.com/ (and also other sites listed in http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Internet/Etiquette/?tc=1) but the Stata FAQ should also be read (see bottom of email for URL). Regards Neil Neil Shephard Genetics Statistician ARC Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester neil.shephard@man.ac.uk neil.shephard@mindless.com "Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic" - Tweedledee (Alice Through the Looking Glass) * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: 2 Prof. Nick***From:*"Lee Chuntao" <chtl@econ.hku.hk>

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