A number of interesting points have been brought up by a number of people.
Richard has suggested naming the updated version as -outreg2-. This seems
like a good idea. If John Gallup ever comes back, as Nick has mentioned, he
can pick up where he has left off.
I think I understand the program well enough to make small adjustments as
necessary. I have worked with parsing and tokens before. I am not offering
to do a major overhaul at this point.
If you are asking me if I will hold everyone's hand who comes my way, I have
not done it before and I probably will not do it like Nick has. I'm not a
nice guy like Nick. But I will offer enough support to keep the program
going in the near future.
The primary reason I have offered to update -outreg- is because no one else
has offered to do so, despite the obvious need and the frequent requests to
do so during the past couple of years.
It might be the Bambi speaking here, but I always thought -outreg- is a nice
piece of work. Just like Steve, I like to use it for its ease of use. It's a
write-and-forget command that I don't have to worry about.
One drawback of -estout- (it's a well-written program, by the way) is
requiring the user to actively manage the estimates. The added layer of
control let you doing things, but it comes at a cost. The users are required
to name each estimate, and then call them up under the -estout- command.
I plan on further testing -outreg2- this weekend. If you are interested in
helping me with testing (with your own data), please contact me privately
and I will email the beta version to you next week.
You've already done the most dangerous and daring
thing, tell Statalist that you have gone inside the
code of -outreg- and made some tweaks. Now you are
the most obvious authority in the Stata community
on -outreg-, and it seems to me that the main decision
is yours, not anybody else's.
It seems like (a) making a good faith effort to reach the author, or
(b) calling it outreg2, would be options. outreg is one of the most
downloaded programs, so whoever wrote a new version could be opening
themselves up to lots and lots of questions about it, which might be
especially bad if you mostly just know the new tweaks and not the old stuff.
While everything that can be done by outreg can also be done by estout,
I find one advantage to outreg is that I rarely need to look at the help
or syntax diagram when using it. Just "outreg [varlist], using filename
[append] [replace]" and some easy to remember options on formatting will
get you where you need to go. Since I often use outreg when I am
running many regressions to check specifications, there is an advantage
to having an easy to memorise command. These days, I then switch to
estout to produce my final tables since it gives you more control over
the end product.
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