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st: RE:  -set varabbrev off- fails for _b
On the general question:
1. I'd say there is a good purist case for
saying that variable abbreviations should never
have been introduced, as they do complicate
the language and introduce an extra source of bugs.
The practical case is sordidly pragmatic by
comparison and hinges on saving time and trying
to avoid repetitive strain injuries!
2. Variable abbreviations are voluntary on
your part. If you think they are a bad idea,
why do you use them, or is that just by
> set varabbrev off
> reg y somexvar
> di _b[some]
> This displays the estimate _b[somexvar], instead of reporting
> "[some] not
> Bug or feature? Is there some other option I can -set- to
> stop this happening?
> Do others concur that variable abbreviations are a BAD IDEA?
> It seems to me
> they add no real functionality, and too often conceal errors
> in (my) do-files.
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