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st: Re: Help for 3rd tier users of stata

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: Help for 3rd tier users of stata
Date   Wed, 19 Jul 2006 09:42:19 -0400

I just wanted to point out that, for the specific thread referenced (where I provided the answer in my reply and also asked that they please use the built-in help system) that they didn't need to seach for "median test". They could have found the answer with just -search median- as well as many variants that mentioned median anywhere. Hopefully, even a truly novice Stata user can come up with that search phrase if they have a question about medians.

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 6:11 PM
Subject: st: Help for 3rd tier users of stata

Not being a power user of Stata, and not even being a
second tier user, I sympathize with the plight of
those questioners who ask really basic questions
about things like statistical tests for medians.  I
learn a lot from these questions.  And, to be honest,
I am completely flummoxed by searching the archives
and would not know enough to use "median test" as my
search phrase.

If it is not good to waste the time of the power and
second tier users on such matters, could we have a
separate listserv or a SUBJECT line warning that
would allow us to move along up to those levels
eventually through learning from each other?  Or is
there some other way to build a community for us?

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