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st: RE: datelist

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: datelist
Date   Fri, 4 Feb 2005 19:56:54 -0000

I wouldn't use the name -listdate-. I think 
that conjures up the idea of a -list- 
which treats dates specially. 

You need a name that is safe from StataCorp 
hijacking, but somehow reminiscent of datelist. 
I'd recommend -rndatelist- for _R_oger _N_ewson's

C.S. Peirce used the word pragmatism for his 
approach to philosophy, but then found that others 
had taken over the word and given senses of their own. 
In response, he coined "pragmaticism", a word, 
he said, "ugly enough to be safe from 
kidnappers". He was correct. 


Roger Newson
> I am considering re-releasing my -datelist- package 
> (downloadable from SSC) 
> under a new name. The -datelist- command is a version of the 
> -numlist- 
> command which creates a list of dates in the returned result 
> -r(numlist)-. 
> The reason I want to rename it is that the name -datelist- 
> has now been 
> commandeered by StataCorp to describe a numlist with dates. I 
> found this out when I typed
> whelp datelist
> and found some online help about the new -datelist- facility, as yet 
> undocumented in the hardcopy manuals. According to this 
> online help, it is 
> now legal to have dates in a numlist, but you cannot create 
> lists of dates 
> in shorthand. For instance, if I want a list of dates from 
> 01sep1922 to 
> 01sep1952 separated by intervals of 90 months, then I must 
> still use my own 
> -datelist- package, as in the command
> . datelist, first(01sep1922) last(01sep1952) unit(month) nunits(90)
> and then refer to -`r(numlist)'-.
> For the moment, it is possible to type
> . findit datelist
> and get to a copy of -datelist.hlp- from there, at least if 
> the required 
> internet connections are working. However, I would prefer my 
> package to 
> have a name of its own, if I am still going to need it in the 
> long run. Are 
> there plans to commandeer the name -listdate-? And, if so, 
> are there any 
> other names that Stata doesn't want that I might use?

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