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Re: st: -stylerules- updated on SSC

From   Ronán Conroy <>
Subject   Re: st: -stylerules- updated on SSC
Date   Thu, 14 Apr 2005 15:54:49 +0100

Nick Cox wrote:

Depends on what anyone means by "many"...

I find that novices often over-comment, as in

        // now find the sum
        su `myvar' if `touse', meanonly
        local sum = r(sum)

I think that there is a useful distinction to be made between commenting a program and commenting a do file. Most novices under-comment do-files that prepare data for analysis and conduct the analysis.

I was reading over some do-files I wrote 10 years ago and horrified at the tweaks and changes I made to the data which presumably fixed errors identified by the researcher at the time, but whose rationale is nowhere documented. But I am less a Stata novice than I was then.

At least, until Mata hits my desktop.


Ronan M Conroy ( Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics Royal College of Surgeons Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 402 2431 (fax 2764) -------------------- Just say no to drug reps

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