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st: RE: RE: Time format

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: Time format
Date   Fri, 13 Oct 2006 17:40:48 +0100

Thanks for the more personal comments. 

On the key point: I am sure that StataCorp is 
listening -- and that many people share your desire
for better support for time of day. Just offlist 
I have someone else grumbling mightily in my ear
on exactly the same topic. 

But on what is coming when, that is announced by 
StataCorp about a week before each release! 

As it says somewhere else: 

Those who know do not say. 
Those who say do not know. 

Not Wittgenstein, or Yogi Berra, but the Tao. 


Ari Friedman
> Thanks to both Nick and Joseph for the informative responses. 
>  A particular
> thanks is due to Nick for the amazing amount of useful 
> information he posts
> every day to the list.  Those of us who post only 
> occasionally but read
> daily certainly appreciate it.
> My code had a way of rectifying the substr (non-)issue in 
> this specific
> case, but Nick's solution is much more general and will be 
> useful in other
> things, so thanks for that.  More generally, though, my 
> problems are not the
> ones enumerated in the code--those were fixed.  The FAQ Nick 
> linked to,
> which I somehow managed to miss in my pre-posting searches, 
> illustrates the
> problem quite well.  Graphing time plots is a chore, subject 
> to homebrew
> solutions (official or otherwise).  Graphing date plots is 
> simple.  Given
> that conceptually they seem very similar (IIRC, dates are 
> stored as days
> from a starting point and formatted as the user specifies; in 
> the homebrew
> examples, time is treated the same way), I was merely 
> wondering if there
> were a better way.  The way that Stata handles dates is so 
> particularly
> beautiful (and perhaps those who have worked with dates more 
> than I would
> disagree, I do not know) that I was a bit puzzled as to why the same
> mechanism was not extended to time.  Both of the examples 
> kindly provided
> will work, but I'm sure I am not alone in being left a bit frustrated.

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