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From   Ronan M Conroy <rconroy@rcsi.ie>
To   "statalist hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: What is a 200% improvement?
Date   Wed, 17 Dec 2003 11:08:31 +0000

I read in the Stata News that Stata 8.2 offers a 200% speed improvement in
-gllamm-. Does that mean it's twice as fast?

But wouldn't a 50% improvement mean that speed was reduced by 50%. And so a
100% improvement would mean that it was reduced by 100% - instantaneous
commands, a successor to immediate commands, not actually planned for
release until Stata Infinity+1 (the Buzz Lightyear release).

And as for 200% reduction, does this mean that -gllamm- models are about to
start returning all the hours they frittered away on us? Could I have mine
returned as part of my holidays please?


Ronan M Conroy (rconroy@rcsi.ie)
Lecturer in Biostatistics
Royal College of Surgeons
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 402 2431 (fax 2764)

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