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st: RE: re: What to do about multiple observations for one individual in one same period in a panel


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: re: What to do about multiple observations for one individual in one same period in a panel
Date   Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:41:36 +0200

<>

When Kit lumps something together with Windows, you know he means
business...

Well, your message makes me think that we do need clarification regarding
this issue on the part of the Statalist FAQ.



HTH
Martin

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Kit Baum
Sent: Sonntag, 19. Juli 2009 23:33
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: re: What to do about multiple observations for one individual
in one same period in a panel

<.>
Martin said

I have pasted my own code into my do-file editor, hit the "Do" button,  
and it runs w/o a hitch. ...  Where did yours stop? I have used such  
code in replies for months, and there has never been a complaint of  
this nature. I do have a hunch, though, that it could have something  
to do with your email program.
Your hunch is wrong.  The code stops when you refer to variable 'cou',  
which is undefined. You are making use of one of Stata's most ill- 
designed, positively evil features: automatic variable name  
completion. This feature bears a strong resemblance to WinXP default  
security settings in terms of its potential for damage. I strongly  
suggest that everyone
set varabbrev off, permanent
and not rely on this mechanism. Likewise, I often kvetch to authors of  
SSC modules that their examples in help files do not run. In my  
opinion no one should have to set varabbrev on in order to run sample  
code.
I suspect Martin's code would work fine if I were to set varabbrev on,  
but I am unwilling to do that, even momentarily, as I might then  
forget to turn it off.

Kit Baum   |   Boston College Economics & DIW Berlin   |
http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html
                               An Introduction to Stata Programming   
|   http://www.stata-press.com/books/isp.html
    An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata  |
http://www.stata-press.com/books/imeus.html



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