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st: RE: Re: Stata


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Re: Stata
Date   Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:28:47 +0100

I would not pay much attention to the evidence of a mug. 

Nor I have ever seen anyone take the logo so literally. 

The mutant form "STATA" seems much more likely to arise from false
analogy with other program names. 

Corrections on the list, including those that might be thought of as
pedantic or trivial, are best seen as constructive: not only that you
got a detail wrong, but that you (and anybody else who makes the same
mistake) are better off knowing the right way to do it. Many teachers in
your earlier life probably said that too. 

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

Jeffrey Ladewig

It seems like every month or so, the list (appropriately) corrects  
someone for using STATA instead of Stata. I was struck a bit ago,  
though, as I looked at my Stata coffee mug, and it seem to me read  
STaTa. Low and behold, all of the documentation, the website, etc.  
carry the same: STaTa. Maybe someone informed on the font, etc. used  
could easily clear this up, but perhaps some of the confusion of  
individuals using STATA stems from STaTa itself.

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