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Re: st: Neumark decomposition


From   William Buchanan <william@williambuchanan.net>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Neumark decomposition
Date   Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:03:04 -0700

Yingge,

Maarten is one of the more helpful folks on the Statalist and provides help to a large number of people routinely.  His response to you was totally appropriate since you still have not informed the Statalist of the version of -oaxaca- or -decompose- and had to be prodded to explain that you are not using the most recent version of Stata.  Given that all of this material is explicitly dealt with in the FAQ, and users are required to read the FAQ prior to posting to the Statalist, you do give the appearance that you are looking for a shortcut of some sort.  If you want to get any answers to your questions you need to provide people with the information necessary to know what you are working with (e.g., the version of Stata and user-written programs) and EXACTLY what it is that you entered and what you received as a response from Stata.  Without this information, you are asking a question that cannot be answered by anyone; although if you contacted Ben Jann as suggested you cou!
 ld likely find your answer easily and then use the Statalist to share the information. 

HTH,
Billy

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 16, 2012, at 11:47, Yingge Lin <yingge.lin@gmail.com> wrote:

> Maarten�
> 
> Sorry if my question made you uncomfortable, but I think you should
> know that your answer has certainly made me very uncomfortable. I
> thought statalist is a place where people discuss the questions about
> STATA and learn from each other. All I wanted was some feedback from
> those who also have used -oaxaca- and -decompose-, and see whether I
> made mistake or one of the commands have some error. The -oaxaca- and
> -decompose- can be installed by ssc install.
> 
> I do not know whether there is anything going on between Ben Jann and
> you, but it was never my intention to waste anybody’s time. But I do
> not appreciate that you tried to accuse me of looking for a shortcut
> only and wasting someone else time. It is untrue, and certainly if you
> felt so strongly that answering my questions was a waste of your time
> or were having a bad day, you really could have just chosen to ignore
> my questions.
> 
> Yingge
> 
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM, Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM, Yingge Lin wrote:
>>> I am using STATA10. Ben Jann also have -oaxaca- for earlier version of
>>> stata (8 and 9). Hope these clarify a little bit of my questions.
>> 
>> That was not what I was asking. I asked where you got the user written
>> software from (-oaxaca- and -decompose-), not which version of Stata
>> you were using. However, you should also have told use which version
>> of Stata you were using. Since you did not say so in your original
>> question I assumed, per the Statalist FAQ, you used the most recent
>> (12).
>> 
>> I realize that often we want answers quickly, and thus take
>> short-cuts, like not reading the FAQ. But this illustrates that short
>> cuts often lead to more work. If this only meant that you wasted your
>> own time, than that is not so bad: hopefully you have learned
>> something in the process. However, you are also wasting our time.
>> Since you rely on our good will to get answers, wasting our time is
>> not a good idea. So I strongly suggest that you take your time to read
>> the FAQ carefully before posting anything on the list.
>> 
>> Anyhow, my answer remains the same: Ben Jann is no longer active on
>> the list (a sad story, involving one of the most dysfunctional periods
>> on statalist), so you need to contact him directly.
>> 
>> -- Maarten
>> 
>> --------------------------
>> Maarten L. Buis
>> Institut fuer Soziologie
>> Universitaet Tuebingen
>> Wilhelmstrasse 36
>> 72074 Tuebingen
>> Germany
>> 
>> 
>> http://www.maartenbuis.nl
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