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RE: st: programming error with -generate-


From   "Visintainer, Paul" <Paul.Visintainer@baystatehealth.org>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: programming error with -generate-
Date   Tue, 9 Mar 2010 08:27:57 -0500

Thanks, all, for the help.  It was really instructive (and fun).  I guess it is just another example of a mere mortal straying into the "twilight zone" of hexadecimal.  (I wonder if Rosetta Stone offers this as one of its "foreign languages" . . .)

-p

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Paul F. Visintainer, PhD
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA 01199

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From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Martin Weiss
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 5:16 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: AW: st: programming error with -generate-


<> 


Even more optimistic take on last night: The speed with which we tackled
this mystery was extremely high:


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HTH
Martin


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Nick Cox
Gesendet: Dienstag, 9. März 2010 11:01
An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Betreff: RE: st: programming error with -generate-

Like Martin Weiss, I think this advice is a little too alarmist. Note
that -twoway function- requires reference to -x- as generic argument. 

The thread so far has shown various things. The pessimistic take is that
several people who are experienced users and who should have read the
manual failed to spot something that is a logical consequence of
documented behaviour. (Anyone who did spot it may have had to look
twice, or thrice, to work out what was going wrong, but no matter. This
is not all a quiz against the clock.) 

The optimistic take, which I much prefer, is that several such people
have never been bitten by this possible but fairly unusual situation.
It's probably worth a one-page Tip in the Journal, however. 

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

Visintainer, Paul

I think I'm beginning to understand.  My concern is that x is such a
generic variable name used by most of us for programming equations.
Perhaps because of its relation to hexadecimal formats, we should just
avoid using it when programming.


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