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Re: st: comparing capabilities of Econometric softwares

From   "R. Allan Reese" <>
Subject   Re: st: comparing capabilities of Econometric softwares
Date   Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:55:00 +0000

On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 12:22:50 -0400 Kimberley Tran <> wrote:
> If anyone has 
> ever used either Shazam and Eviews please offer your comments about 
> their capabilities as well.

I was once asked to port Shazam from IBM (32bit machine) to ICL (24bit 
wordlength).  The Shazam code started with this comment:

* This program is written in standard Fortran, except we assume you
* have access to absolute machine addresses.

As they say in the newspapers, at that point I made my excuses and left.
The experience has probably coloured my opinion of amateur programmers 
- and econometricians - ever since!

R Allan Reese                      Email:
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