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Re: st: Default precision - was Why does Stata do it wrong?

From   Fred Wolfe <>
Subject   Re: st: Default precision - was Why does Stata do it wrong?
Date   Wed, 11 Jun 2003 04:43:43 -0500

At 10:29 AM 6/11/2003 +0100, you wrote:

So, StataCorp, could the change to the default be made as a simple update
in the current version of the exe?  Would it have implications other than
the program not being BUG-compatible with the current version?
One implication it would have, particularly for users with large data sets that may have memory constraints, would be for current analyses to fail because of insufficient memory. In addition, it would not be backward compatible. Perhaps a solution might be to have a -set default type (perm)- so that users would have the option to choose. For my own work, doubles are rarely needed, and I set them when they are needed.

Fred Wolfe

Fred Wolfe
National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases
Wichita, Kansas
Tel (316) 263-2125 Fax (316) 263-0761

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