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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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st: AW: A Statalist glossary |

Date |
Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:15:20 +0200 |

<> Additions: A is also for -adoupdate-. Only works if your ados found their way onto your computer in a legitimate manner in the first place. See also -update-. E is also for endless loop. See also loop, endless and [I], p. 106 at the bottom. I is for -input-, which is a way to get around the limited number of problems that can be demonstrated using -webuse-d or -sysuse-d datasets. And yes, put those strings with embedded blanks in quotation marks, b/c otherwise -input- will spoil your fun thoroughly. L is also for loop, endless. See endless loop and [I], p. 106 at the bottom. U is also for -update-. Without prior full execution of this command, do not even think about complaining about error # 3598 ("function returned error"...). See also -adoupdate-. HTH Martin -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] Im Auftrag von Nick Cox Gesendet: Donnerstag, 22. April 2010 16:48 An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Betreff: st: A Statalist glossary Re-reading the entire set of manuals for fun, as one does, it struck me that StataCorp has been including more glossary sections over recent versions. Seems like a good idea for this list, so here goes: A is for advice. All advice, here and elsewhere, is based on one over-arching principle: Whatever promotes clear, complete and correct answers delivered quickly is good. (There's a converse....) A is also for amusement. Don't assume from the stern and stiff opening of this glossary that it is entirely composed of straight-faced commentary. A is also for archives, as in "use the archives". But first read the help, the manual and the FAQs. A is also for ASCII, or plain text, which is expected on Statalist. A is also for attachments, which should not be sent to Statalist. B is for basics, which means CDE: C is for code or commands used. Show us exact code. Do not merely say that you used some command, or worse, not even specify what command you used. D is for data. Show us examples of your problem with datasets everyone can use (see -help dta_contents-) or with small fake datasets. If you can't do that, give us an example of your data. E is for examples. A concrete example of your problem is worth a thousand words of arm-waving explanation or speculation, and worth much, much more than a report that something "didn't work", which could mean about twenty different things. F is for FAQ. You should read <http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/statalist.html> before posting. See also StataCorp's own FAQs: <http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/> f is also for -findit-. -findit- is your friend. (Don't know about -findit- yet? Then do read the help.) G is for Gould. See William. G is also for Gutierrez. Bobby Gutierrez is Director of Statistics at StataCorp. When he writes, pay attention! g is also for -gllamm-. In Klingon that means "quick". H is for help. Did you read the help carefully? H is also for hyphens, as in references to some Stata -commandname-. The hyphen convention is a Gould idea. IVs is for instrumental variables, or sometimes independent variables. If you didn't know that, this won't help (bad news), or you're not an economist (good news). J is for jokes. There are plenty of in-jokes on Statalist, but you shouldn't expect me to explain them here. If someone's sense of humour appears a bit weird to you, you are almost certainly correct. See also J. K is for Kit Baum, as in "Thanks, as usual, to Kit Baum". He does much of the real work around here, like maintaining SSC. K is also for Kolenikov. Not to be confused with Kalashnikov. See also J. L is for lousy subjects for your postings, such as "help" or "problem" or something only a little more informative than that. Be specific! L is also for lousy or lazy literature references, as in "I want to use the test of Sue, Grabbit and Runne (1989)". Full details please! M is for moderator, meaning Marcello Pagano, sine quo non and primus inter pares. If he gets annoyed, you've been really bad. He also does much of the real work around here. M is also for Maarten Buis and Martin Weiss. For detailed explanation, see <http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-02/msg00840.html>. M is also for Manual, as in Read The Fine. N is for nice, as in "be nice", and as in "even if people appear to be nasty when you are a bit naughty, they are really nice underneath, and are doing it in everyone's best interests". N is also for Nick, which is probably a coincidence. See also J. O is for "official", which means "whatever code StataCorp admit responsibility for". (This is not a joke, unless it is.) O is also for operating system, which you should make explicit if it's relevant. Don't assume that the whole world uses Windows! P is for pedantry. As Bertrand Russell almost said, a pedant is a person who prefers to be correct. Not a dirty word on this list. p is for pweights, problem, plague, pestilence, pain, and, more fortunately, Pitblado. Q is for questions. See BCDE again, or for the first time. R is for R. No one's agin it (really!). Its value far exceeds its price. R is also for re-posting your question. Disapproved. S is for Stata, silly. By the way, some of us get a bit irritated if you spell it STATA, which is wrong, or at the very least a couple of decades out-of-date. See also P. S also signals Some Alternative Software (originally Some Athenian Software). S is also for SMCL, which means SMCL Makes Cooler Logs. S is also for survey statistics and Steve Samuels. Fancy that. T is for technicalities. We love them. U is for "user-written", as in "do explain where user-written software you refer to comes from". V is for version. If you are using an out-of-date version (10.1 or earlier), then say so. Being out-of-date is not a sin; but declaring it increases your chance of being told of a solution you can use. V is for Vice-Presidents. Alan Riley and Vince Wiggins are Vice-Presidents of StataCorp. When they write, pay attention! W is for William Gould, President of StataCorp. When he writes, pay double attention! He probably threw away more good programs last week than anyone else writes in a good year. x is for predictors or covariates. (Are you still saying independent variables?) y is for response or outcome. (Are you still saying dependent variable?) Z is the end of the English, meaning British, alphabet. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: A Statalist glossary***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

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