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Re: st: Stata is two-timing me... (Possible -tabulate- & -table- time format bug)


From   "David Elliott" <dcelliott@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata is two-timing me... (Possible -tabulate- & -table- time format bug)
Date   Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:48:15 -0300

I received the following from Alan Riley, Stata's VP for Software
Development, in an offlist message and have his permission to post it
here.

Quote:

In Stata 9, there was logic that tried to be 'smart' when a
display format got too wide and changed it to a base format
that would fit.  Unfortunately for date formats, the base
format was %d, which of course isn't what you wanted if
you were using, for example, a %tm format.

In Stata 10, with the new date-and-time formats, we changed
the logic to be 'smart' about the base format if the display
width is too narrow for the user-specified format.  So, in
your example in Stata 10, if the display width is too narrow
for a %tmM_CY format, Stata will drop down to just a %tm format.

For Stata 9, the only workaround is to use a format that is not
too wide for the display width.

Unquote

I'd reached a similar conclusion regarding the workaround but am
pleased to now know the internal source of the problem.

DC Elliott
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