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RE: st: Again-Unique Case ID in Large Panel


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Again-Unique Case ID in Large Panel
Date   Wed, 4 Aug 2004 19:32:25 +0100

This is a question largely for StataCorp, but one mundane
answer is the need to list these patterns horizontally 
on the monitor and in log files. Also, I doubt that anyone
is going to eyeball tables with several hundred 
columns even if their monitor or printer paper is really big. 
True, that some people have these "wide" panels, but 
the mental capacity of users doesn't increase proportionally. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Michael Hanson

> 	Which brings me to the question: why even bother 
> setting a default 
> width, let alone setting it so low?  This arguably isn't very 
> intuitive 
> (look at the time wasted by the OP), and with "wide" panels of data 
> becoming ever more common as time goes on (pun intended), 
> perhaps this 
> limit could be raised (or dropped altogether) the next time an update 
> to the ado files is made?

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