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st: RE: Stata Wish List; which name Stata was born?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Stata Wish List; which name Stata was born?
Date   Thu, 21 Oct 2004 23:31:53 +0100

"How" is not my story to tell, but on the name: 

Bill Gould explained at these meetings that there was a working name of DiAL.
This didn't mean that much, apparently: there had been a different project 
with the name in the company, and several spare folders were lying around the 
office, suitable for use. 

The late Hungarian mathematician and philosopher Imre Lakatos acquired 
his name in a bizarrely similar way. In somewhat straitened circumstances 
in WW II he came across some nice shirts with name tags "I. Lakatos". He 
reckoned it was easier to change his name, so that the shirts had the right 
name in them, than to change the shirts. 

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

josemaria

> Dear Nick:
> I was not neither at  London nor at  Boston meeting. Could 
> you tell me (us?) how Stata was born?
> 
> > Stata wasn't born as Stata, as Bill Gould explained
> > at the London and Boston meetings (you should have been there).

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