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Re: st: Re: FORTRAN

From   Stata SpecialEdition <>
Subject   Re: st: Re: FORTRAN
Date   Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:32:39 +0100

I do not know that much about the FORTRAN yet, but I do know that the
language has been updated a lot since when you last used it. My
supervisor told me that the FORTRAN 90 and FORTRAN 2003 revisions are
very significant and have features common to most modern languages. It
optimizes extremely well which it is why it is often the language of
choice for very numerically intensive applications. People who think
FORTRAN is dead do not know what they are talking about (so I am

On 8/30/10, Michael I. Lichter <> wrote:
> 1. I second Tony's advice that you don't want to take the time to learn
> FORTRAN (an ancient and nearly-dead language that I last programmed in
> nearly 30 (!) years ago) if you can avoid it. Hire somebody to help if
> at all possible.
> 2. What is this "more complicated estimation" you need FORTRAN to do? I
> would never have guessed that there was a FORTRAN module to read Stata
> data files (all hail Sergiy!); there may be a Stata program to do what
> you want, or perhaps something in R (which would be much more useful to
> learn than FORTRAN).
> Michael
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