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# Re: st: Stata cannot do math?

 From Yu Xue To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Stata cannot do math? Date Thu, 19 May 2011 00:08:56 -0500

```Thanks Joseph and Conor! float() works! Sorry that I did not notice
that Stata FAQ.

Conor, I think Mathematica deals with floating-point variables in a
different way. I did not expect this issue with Stata.

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM, Conor Hughes <cbhughes@uchicago.edu> wrote:
> Hi,
> Stata can certainly do math, just not quite the same math you're used
> to.  This is an issue of floating point arithmetic.  For example,
> replace
> count a == 100.1
> count a == float(100.1)
>
> Click through the FAQ a bit, maybe starting here
> http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/data/float.html, as well as any
> introductory numerical analysis textbook to get a better idea of how
> computer arithmetic works.
>
> - Conor
>
> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM, Yu Xue <snowrain@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> This may be a stupid question. Here are the command and Stata output:
>>
>> .set obs 50
>> .gen a=100.1
>> .count if a==100.1
>> 0
>> .tab a
>> 100.1
>> .sum a
>> variable  obs  mean  s.d.  min    max
>> a            50    100.1  0    100.1  100.1
>> .gen b=a-100
>> .tab b
>> 0.0999985
>>
>> So, Stata shows that a is equal to 100.1, but actually, it is equal to
>> 100.0999985....
>>
>> Can anyone explain to me what this is? Do I have to set precision when
>> I do math in Stata? How to set precision?
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Yu
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