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RE: st: RE: Brute force


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Brute force
Date   Mon, 16 Mar 2009 18:15:15 -0000

Jeph is based in the USA. That may not be evident from his email
address. 

I think we agree, w.r.t. Shun's question, is that there isn't a
prescription for applying brute force, any more than there is a
prescription for elegance or simplicity. 

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

Jeph Herrin

This may be a transatlantic distinction, but on this side of the pond,
"brute force" is often both admirable and desirable in all respects
except efficiency. That is, the brute force method may be the best
approach but too costly (in terms of time or resources) to implement.
In analysis, at least; in areas such as diplomacy it indeed lacks
an admirable connotation.


Nick Cox wrote:
> This question probably arises as a understandable puzzle about
someone's
> English usage, possibly mine! 
> 
> Some approach may be described as "brute force", but that means only
> that the technique will work, but is otherwise not admirable or
> desirable. 
> 
> There isn't a converse recipe for "brute force". 
> 
> Some idea of context would be helpful.  
> 
> Nick 
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 
> 
> Shun Chonabayashi
> 
> Could anybody explain how to do "brute force" in Stata or refer to any
> page
> which explains about it? Thanks.
> 

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