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RE: st: re: programming error with -generate-


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: re: programming error with -generate-
Date   Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:50:29 -0000

Richard appears to be under the impression that Stata was written for
the users. That is a very convenient and successful sales pitch, but the
fact is that the people at StataCorp found a way to have fun writing
software they wanted and making money as an attractive side-effect. 

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

Richard Williams

At 07:25 PM 3/8/2010, Kit Baum wrote:

>No error, clearly documented at [U] 12.2, Numbers. Technical note: 
>Stata also allows numbers to be represented in a hexadecimal/binary 
>format, defined as...
>
>[+][-]1.{hexdigit}[hexdigits][X|x]{+|-}{hexdigit}[{hexdigits}]
>
>"For instance, 1.0X+3 = 2^3 = 8. 1.8X+3 is 12 because 1.8_{16} is 1 
>+ 8/16 = 1.5 in decimal form and the number is thus 1.5 x 2^3 = 1.5 x 8
= 12."

Thanks Kit.  But does anybody actually write code like that???  Other 
than maybe some really geeky computer programmers?

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