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st: RE: mata courses?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: mata courses?
Date   Wed, 19 Apr 2006 14:42:14 +0100

You should turn this round. You should make it 
clear what kind of course you would most like. 
I am pretty clear that there would be some 
demand for _advanced_ Mata, but much more
for _introductory_ Mata. 

Either way, StataCorp listens, but may not 
speak (immediately). 

Right now, further extending Mata is more obviously
a priority than teaching it.  

I have to guess, Kremlinologically and impertinently, 
that a Mata course will be definitely be offered sooner or later,
and it will assume

(1) access to Stata 9 

but it will not assume 

(2) any previous study of Mata. 

My guess is also that some experience of programming
in a C-like language will help a lot. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

David Airey
 
> Stata offers Stata courses. Having taken a few, they are worth the  
> pennies. Will Stata offer Mata courses, and if so, what kind of  
> prerequisite knowledge will be required? I don't seem to be making  
> much use of Mata and wonders what I'm missing.

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