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st: Back towards Stata please?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Back towards Stata please?
Date   Thu, 17 Mar 2005 22:24:33 -0000

Recently there seem to have been more 
questions along these lines 

(a) I don't understand this statistical point. Please 
explain it to me. 

(b) I have model results I can't interpret. Please 
help. 

(c) I have a project with this aim and these data. What
should I do next? 

To posters of such questions
============================

These questions are not banned, but they are 
less likely to get answers, or answers that you 
would like. Or the answer is often going to be, 
frankly, except that this may be whispered 
more quietly than you can hear: 

(a) Find a textbook or a teacher and do your 
own learning, please. 

(b) I can't do this not knowing your problem 
and your data. This is your responsibility. 

(c) So you want to discuss my fee for 
doing your thinking for you? Or collaboration 
and coauthorship? 

In addition, there is an ethos on Statalist. 

* Anyone who looks really lost will usually 
get some help (unless it is homework). 

* Anyone who thinks that Statalist should 
do their thinking for them is just trying 
to exploit us. Please go away. 

* Those who seem to be trying to help 
themselves get most support. 

In my view, Statalist works best when 
the statistical questions grow out 
of Stata questions, not vice versa. 
There are general statistical lists 
elsewhere. Please try them instead. 

This is just a personal opinion -- I
am wearing no hat -- but one based on 
some experience. 

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

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