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RE: st: Default precision - was Why does Stata do it wrong?

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Default precision - was Why does Stata do it wrong?
Date   Wed, 11 Jun 2003 12:48:05 +0100

Fred Wolfe replied to Allan Reese 
> >So, StataCorp, could the change to the default be made as 
> a simple update
> >in the current version of the exe?  Would it have 
> implications other than
> >the program not being BUG-compatible with the current version?
> One implication it would have, particularly for users with 
> large data sets 
> that may have memory constraints, would be for current 
> analyses to fail 
> because of insufficient memory. In addition, it would not 
> be backward 
> compatible. Perhaps a solution might be to have a -set 
> default type (perm)- 
> so that users would have the option to choose. For my own 
> work, doubles are 
> rarely needed, and I set them when they are needed.

In effect, users already have this choice. If you 
want, put 

set type double 

in your Absolutely no change needed 
to executable. 


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