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RE: Spam: st: math fonts/symbols

From   "Olley, G. Steven" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: Spam: st: math fonts/symbols
Date   Fri, 11 Nov 2005 19:18:56 -0500

To typeset properly, I believe the TeX code also requires a backslash in
front of the first instance of "beta" (the intercept).  Otherwise the
word "beta" will be covered with a hat.  These details are what many
users unfamiliar with TeX or LaTeX find challenging.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Kit Baum
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 7:05 PM
Subject: Spam: st: math fonts/symbols

Leny suggested MathType to Suzy. Note that M$ Word's Equation Editor  
is "MathType Lite": Microsoft licenses a light version of MathType as  
Equation Editor for Word. Both MathType and EE have the same problems  
with updates: every update of Word and/or MathType makes life more  
than miserable (believe me, I have a few colleagues who have been  
badly bitten by this).

The other unsavory feature for those who might contemplate producing  
a reasonably large document with a fair amount of equations in Word/ 
EE should ensure that their life insurance covers death by suicide.  
With such a document, the probability that Word will crash approaches  
unity. Put enough of those EE / MathType graphic objects into your  
document, and Word will croak, leaving the file in a corrupted state.  
Yes, I have seen this happen to colleagues' 60-page papers (some of  
which had to be retyped from scratch) and, worse yet, to PhD  
candidates' final dissertation drafts. Thankfully now most of the PhD  
candidates have seen the light and avoid Word/EE like the plague.

A clarification: in my prior message the example math should be $\hat 
{y} = \hat{beta}_0 + \hat {\beta}_1$
I had an extra } in the posting.  { } are used to surround arguments;  
i.e. {\bf This is Bold} means just that.

One other very attractive feature of LaTeX for Stata users: since  
LaTeX is a simple text markup language, like HTML or XML, it can  
readily be created by Stata ado-files. A number of ado-files give you  
the option to produce camera-ready tables from Stata output: e.g. Ben  
Jann's estout, presented in the latest issue of the Stata Journal. No  
fussing around copying and pasting Stata output to Word or Excel!   
UCLA's excellent Stata website have many references to Stata tools  
for LaTeX; findit latex within Stata will display the list.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics

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