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st: RE: fastgini -- not so fast

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: fastgini -- not so fast
Date   Sat, 17 Feb 2007 14:46:35 -0000

Just to spell out:

1. The answer to Forouzan is that you cannot use
this program without upgrading to Stata 9. 

2. A principle for everybody, from the Statalist FAQ, 
is "The current version of Stata is 9. Please specify 
if you are using an earlier version; otherwise, the 
answer to your question is likely to refer to commands 
or features unavailable to you." 


Kit Baum
> Fourozan said
> Dear all,
> Regarding "fastgini" that was mentioned by Zurab,
> What does this error mean and how can I fix it?
> "
> fastgini income [w=weight], jk
> unrecognized command:  mata
> (error occurred while loading fastgini.ado)"
> It means that you are running Stata 8.x, not Stata 9.x.
> Against my better judgement I accepted fastgini for SSC without
> demanding a version statement, as I rationalized that as the routine
> invokes Mata it was obvious that it needed version 9. But Stata
> doesn't know that until you try to invoke Mata. I have asked Zurab to
> submit a new copy of fastgini with the appropriate version statement.
> Routines submitted to the SSC Archive should always contain version
> statements in the code, as that information is highlighted in ssc
> whatsnew to indicate whether a user can make use of a particular
> package.

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