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Re: st: do-file hygeine


From   "James Muller" <james.s.muller@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: do-file hygeine
Date   Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:53:42 -0400

Hear hear.


On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:47 PM, David Radwin <radwin@berkeley.edu> wrote:
> In my opinion, more fundamental than the mechanics of managing do-files is
> the philosophy that your work should be replicable by another researcher in
> the sense that if she were to use the same data and methods. In the specific
> case of Stata, that would ideally mean the same dataset, do-files, and
> programs could be used to create exactly the same results, including such
> niceties as using the -set seed- command, but the replication principle goes
> far beyond that.
>
> A side benefit of this philosophy is that it may force you to be more
> explicit and thoughtful about your data analysis decisions.
>
> For a nice discussion of replication in the social sciences, see Gary King,
> "Replication, Replication," PS: Political Science and Politics, followed by
> comments from nineteen authors and a response, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3
> (September, 1995): pp. 443-499 and
> http://gking.harvard.edu/projects/repl.shtml .
>
> David
>
> At 11:08 AM -0700 9/27/08, Michael McCulloch wrote:
>>
>>  I'd appreciate any pointers toward good do-file hygeine, i.e. management
>> practices to maximize good record keeping, with resulting least likelihood
>> of overlooking important details.
>
>
>
> --
> David Radwin // radwin@berkeley.edu
> Office of Student Research, University of California, Berkeley
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