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RE: st: RE: RE: Displaying values less than one with a zero in front of the comma


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: RE: Displaying values less than one with a zero in front of the comma
Date   Mon, 21 Feb 2005 22:51:26 -0000

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of 
> Chris Ruebeck
> Sent: 21 February 2005 22:04
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: RE: RE: Displaying values less than one with 
> a zero in
> front of the comma
> 
> 
> I second two of Nick's ideas.  (1) Always use the leading zero, 
> although having the option to decide whether or not it's included in 
> all formats is fine.  

Whoa, just a small point please! I said I like this myself, not 
that it should be the law! 

(2) More flexibility in applying different 
> formats to different parts of the display.  I'm frustrated, in 
> particular, when I want to use a fixed format but different 
> variables' 
> coefficients in my regression either have a different number of 
> significant digits or (since the concept of significant digits is 
> questionable in economics) different magnitudes of the least 
> significant digit.  Example 1: I'd rather see 0.023 and 
> 0.0032 instead 
> of either 0.0231 and 0.0032 or 2.3E-2 and 3.2E-3.  Example 2: I'd 
> rather see 2.3 and 0.32 than either 2.31 and 0.32 or 2.3 and 3.2E-1.  
> ["and" takes precedence over "or" in parsing these examples.]

I am intrigued here. I don't understand the comment 
about economics. Does the logic of showing economic 
numbers differ from that elsewhere? 

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