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


From   "Stephen V. Burks" <svburks@mrs.umn.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   RE: st: Again-Unique Case ID in Large Panel
Date   Wed, 04 Aug 2004 14:38:05 -0500

Hi, Nick.

Thanks, that indeed did the trick.  Once I set the width to 150,
-xtdes- says I have unique identification.

BTW, I sometimes think my mental capacity decreases with
the width (or perhaps the complexity, more generally) of my
data set.  Something about being a detail-oriented person
overwhelmed with too much detail.  Anyway, chalk up one
detail as "laid to rest".

Steve

At 01:32 PM 8/4/2004, you wrote:
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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