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st: RE: very large numbers

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: very large numbers
Date   Mon, 17 May 2004 11:04:32 +0100

gen double ... 

will take you as far as Stata will allow. 


whelp datatypes 

If 8 * 10^308 is not big enough, I think you 
may need to take logs. 

> Im trying to -gen- the exponential form of already quite 
> large numbers and
> Stata generates -missing values- for most of the 
> observations. I assume they
> are dropped because for their excessive size.
> I do not wish to take any other form of, such as the 
> logarithmic transform
> because I need to look at some empirical distributional 
> properties of the
> exponential form of some ratios.
> Is there a way to force Stata to accept such large numbers? 

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