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st: References that aren't -- just say no!


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: References that aren't -- just say no!
Date   Sun, 28 Nov 2004 23:52:26 -0000

Yet another reminder, please! 

The membership of Statalist is interdisciplinary. 
It follows that you shouldn't assume that the 
literature familiar to you is familiar to all
members of Statalist. In fact, that would also 
be true even if all the members came from one 
discipline. 

The surprisingly common practice on Statalist of 
referring to publications just by name and date is 
surely uninformative. (Thanks, naturally, to the 
large fraction of people who 
give references that can be followed up easily.
They are often useful!) 

Questions of the form "Has anyone implemented 
the heteroscedasticity under a full moon test of 
Sue, Grabbit and Runne (1989)?" admittedly 
divide the world. If you haven't heard of said
test, it is unlikely that knowing the full reference 
would help you answer the question. Nevertheless 
there might be many people who have not heard of 
this test who might appreciate a full reference. 

This is all for questioners' benefit too! Any 
presentation detail that irritates people 
who might answer your question makes it 
more likely that they delete your question 
straight away. 

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


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