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st: RE: re: different result everytime - something strange

From   "Shehzad Ali" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: re: different result everytime - something strange
Date   Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:58:01 +0100

Thanks, Kit, for your explanation. Now I (sort of) understand why -
adoupdate - didn't pick up the updated version of glcurve. In my case I had
to replace and reinstall glcurve.

Thanks again for the explanation,


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Kit Baum
Sent: 21 June 2008 12:35
Subject: st: re: different result everytime - something strange

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Re my last posting, apologies to Philippe: he did indeed mention - 
adoupdate- in his posting, which I read WBOC*. Let me just clarify  
what I said about that routine to indicate why it did not ultimately  
solve the problem. If you do -findit glcurve- you find six references  
to the SJ and STB-published forms of this routine, most recently  
updated in SJ 7:2. You also find references to the SSC version of the  
routine (dated 20070216) and a version presented at the 5th UK SUG  
meetings (which was, as it happens, a very long time ago as this  
year's meeting will be #14).

The general problem, as people smarter than me have concluded, is  
insoluble by artificial intelligence. There is no constraint that  
causes a particular SSC package to be coincident with the contents of  
a particular SJ package. For instance, we may have package -zorch-  
which contains zorch.ado, zorch.hlp, foo.ado and foo.hlp accompanying  
an article in the 2007 Stata Journal. The SSC archive may contain two  
packages -- zorch, with only the zorch files, and foo, with only the  
foo files. The zorch package on SSC dates from 2006; the foo package  
was updated in 2008 (hypothetically). What should -adoupdate- do?  
Programmers may argue that this could be solved with makefiles, but  
that requires a great deal of information available to such a  
facility (for instance, there is a modification date on each SSC  
package, but not on each included file).

For -glcurve-, as the SSC package dates from 2007 and the SJ package  
dates from 2007, there is no substitute for manual examination of the  
headers of each ado-file, in the hopes that the authors have given a  
version number that allows you to conclude that one is a later  
version (or, perhaps, that they are the same version).

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:

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