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st: RE: SSC and search

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: SSC and search
Date   Tue, 3 Jul 2007 20:29:15 +0100

Allan has been a Stata user since at least 1991 -- he 
had a contribution in the very first STB -- but he
missed the difference between -search- and -search, net-
or -findit-, as others pointed out. 

The difference hinges on a crucial practicality. StataCorp
can index its own commands and other official or near-official 
material (e.g. its own FAQs, Stata Journal, STB, UCLA FAQs, ...) but
what exists in the wider world is difficult to pin down 
and is in any case labile: programs can disappear as well
as appear. 

Thus -search- (narrow sense, sensu stricto) looks _only_ 
in the .key files with your installation. 

-search, net- (wide sense, sensu lato) looks also at 
a database compiled daily by a StataCorp search engine. 


Allan Reese
> Looking for TRELLIS plots, I found a hint on the Stata 
> website, but only as a consequence of Kit Baum's dogged 
> attempts to distribute the SSC hit parade.  "search trellis" 
> from inside Stata found nothing, but "ssc install trellis" 
> fetched the package.  What's the trick for getting into 
> search, and what other goodies are we missing out on because 
> they don't get found?

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