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RE: st: RE: Re: FORTRAN


From   "Lachenbruch, Peter" <Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Re: FORTRAN
Date   Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:58:01 -0700

But is it slower than the amount of time you will need to learn FORTRAN and write your program?  I have found that Stata is much easer to debug than FORTRAN.  If yours is a one-off program I'd go with Stata - if it's to be reused many time, the question is open.  I would also suggest that a first time program is likely to be inefficient and slow...


Tony

Peter A. Lachenbruch
Department of Public Health
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-737-3832
FAX: 541-737-4001


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 2:26 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: RE: Re: FORTRAN

I do love STATA, but STATA is too slow for the type of application I
consider. That is why I am using the FORTAN programming language.

On 8/30/10, Lachenbruch, Peter <Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu> wrote:
> With all the comments about reading stuff into FORTRAN, I think it would be
> simpler to do the coding in Stata.  Is must be very esoteric to need
> specific FORTRAN  capabilities...
>
> Tony
>
> Peter A. Lachenbruch
> Department of Public Health
> Oregon State University
> Corvallis, OR 97330
> Phone: 541-737-3832
> FAX: 541-737-4001
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Joseph Coveney
> Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 6:55 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: Re: FORTRAN
>
> Stata SpecialEdition wrote:
>
> I have been using STATA for two years now and I LOVE it. I now need to
> do some more complicated estimation in a language called FORTRAN. Is
> it possible to read my STATA files in FORTRAN? A colleague said it was
> impossible and I would have just save it as an ASCII. Is this the best
> way? I just wanted to check whether this is the case with some STATA
> (and hopefully FORTRAN experts).
>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> The format of Stata's dataset files (.dta) are published, and so, if you're
> up
> to it, you probably *could* read them with a suitable FORMAT / READ
> statement
> (or set of FORMAT / READ statements) in Fortran.  Like your colleague,
> though,
> I question the worthiness of such an undertaking for any applications that
> you're likely to encounter.
>
> I'd go with ASCII, just as your colleague says.
>
> Joseph Coveney
>
>
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