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st: RE: Stata graphics speed

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Stata graphics speed
Date   Mon, 12 Jun 2006 13:11:02 +0100

In Stata 8 much of the Stata code was 
taken out of the executable and rewritten 
as .ado and other files. Thus there can be 
quite a heavy interpretative overload. 

Also, a given graph requires 
many files to be loaded into memory. 

As an example, 

sysuse auto
scatter mpg weight
program dir 

The full explanation of this is more 
complicated than I know. 

In any case, I doubt that the platform 
-- in your case Windows -- is the only


Allan Reese
> Something I've never understood is why graphs take a long 
> time to appear in the
> first place.  Commands like "gen y=_n" happen immediately, 
> even with quite large
> numbers of observations.  (I could just notice the delay with 
> obs=1 millon).
> In contrast, a simple "scatter y x" with a few observations 
> takes several seconds
> before anything appears.  That sometimes applies even when 
> what comes up is a syntax
> error.  Can anyone explain?  I've guessed that the delay is 
> while Windows allocates
> memory for the graph window, but that is just a guess.

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