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Re: st: RE: AW: RE: Programming stata using egen functions


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>, "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: RE: AW: RE: Programming stata using egen functions
Date   Tue, 28 Apr 2009 09:51:34 -0500

At 07:35 AM 4/28/2009, Nick Cox wrote:
I disagree. I think the situation is much less clear-cut than you imply.

-egen, sum()- is undocumented as of Stata 9 upward, but remains available for those who want it. Making it available only under version control would have as a main consequence disadvantaging longstanding users who would have to unlearn a little habit, or edit their do files or programs accordingly. That might include me.

Personally, I hate it when commands stop working except under version control. I don't even like it when they stay alive but become undocumented. Like Nick says, you get used to doing things a certain way, and it can take some effort to figure out what the new and improved name for something is. Perhaps in the long run it is good to have a new and improved name, but I don't see any great need to make the old name non-functional.


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