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RE: st: creating unique identifier values

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: creating unique identifier values
Date   Thu, 9 Mar 2006 17:26:34 -0000

I don't know where this idea came from. 

In statistics and in Stata, as in the rest 
of life, sometimes we change the question or drift 
into something else. I don't think there is 
anything in the FAQ that proscribes or inhibits 

There is a lot of advice in the FAQ about how to 
post answerable questions, because posting questions 
on Statalist that no-one is able or willing to answer
is the main source of inefficiency on this list, 
and does nobody any good -- least of all the poster. 
This can look stern and strict to newcomers, but 
it's really in everyone's best interests. 

But there's no rule about fun or spontaneity. 

And thanks for the thanks, 


> Thank you all for the coding information! I appreciate it immensely.

> Although we aren't allowed to overindulge/say too much on statalist 
> outside the specified question, I do want to add how much easier and 
> pleasant it makes life for those of us without a hint of computer 
> logic/programming knowledge or understanding. To have such patient, 
> willing, able, and expert  help often within moments is a 
> beautiful thing!!

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