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st: RE: Error occurred while loading movestay.ado


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Error occurred while loading movestay.ado
Date   Wed, 27 Oct 2004 13:31:12 +0100

As a glance inside will confirm, -movestay- requires Stata 8. 

The first sign of that for you is that Stata 7 can't even read it: 
it's choking on comment lines that begin with //. 

Your only options are (1) to upgrade to Stata 8 
or (2) to get inside a copy of the program 
and translate it back to Stata 7. As another 
thread shows, the second requires some programming 
expertise with both Stata 7 and Stata 8. 
Successful translation may not even be possible. 

In general, the news here is mostly bad. Very 
occasionally a program author can look at a program 
and find that it can be tweaked backwards, in this 
case to Stata 7. Much more
commonly, Stata programmers are writing directly 
for Stata 8 and have no time (or even inclination) 
to rewrite their programs for those who haven't 
upgraded. This is tough news for those whose (institutional) 
budgets don't extend to buying an upgrade, but it is the 
news nevertheless. 

Nick 
"maximum astonishment" 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

"ordinary least squares" wrote 
 
> I use Stata7-SE.
> I downloaded a program 'movestay' to conduct switching
> regression.
> However, I obtained a message shown below.
> 
> . movestay y age emp qse ,select(z=age emp)
> unrecognized command:  / invalid command name
> (error occurred while loading movestay.ado)
> r(199);

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