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Re: st: RE: Stata 9 announcement
At 09:58 AM 4/5/2005 -0400, Steichen, Thomas J. wrote:
I have to admit that, with some exceptions, most of the new statistical
stuff relates to things I have never used, probably will never use, and
would not know how to use if I had to! But I imagine that for those who
need and use those techniques this is very good news.
It is with some curiosity that I note that previous such announcements
have led to an immediate and wide-ranging discussion on Statalist,
yet this message was met with thunderous silence. My question is why?
The cost of the program is no big deal (at least if you qualify for
academic pricing) - it is the cost of the documentation that adds up. My
inclination is to just buy every manual there is, but I wonder how
necessary that really is? Has anybody seen the new manuals; for things
like the reference guide, do they offer enough new to warrant buying them
if you have the v. 8 manuals?
I am curious what the implications are for -gllamm-. Will it be faster
now? Will Stata now have built-in alternatives to much of its
features? I've avoided -gllamm- partly because I heard that, while it was
a great program, it could be unbearably slow. Speeding up -gllamm- seemed
to be a frequent request on this list; does V. 9 address this at all?
I will probably buy everything, including manuals, for much the same
reasons that Thomas will; but there wasn't anything in the announcement
that really wowed me (at least not yet.)
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