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Re: st: Weights

From   "Michael Blasnik" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   Re: st: Weights
Date   Thu, 01 May 2008 16:59:11 -0400

Actually, you didn't follow my advice or provide enough detailed information for anyone to determine the reason for the differences in storage requirements -- so we have all learned much less than we might have otherwise. We did learn that a CSV dataset may be read into Stata and end up much larger than the same dataset read into SPSS but we haven't learned whether this is an unavoidable problem with Stata in general, some particular idiosyncrasy of your dataset, or the result of you not bothering to recast variables to a more compact type. Instead, people may draw the conclusion that Stata needs generally twice as much space to store a dataset as SPSS when we don't know the specifics of how or why or even whether that may be true in this case. I suspect that I could store the same dataset in a file not much different in size from the CSV file, but I guess we won't ever find out. That is the source of the frustration.

M Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Weiss" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: st: Weights

I really do not know why you find my response "frustrating", and cannot see why my post should amount to an abuse of the list. Would you rather have me sugercoat or let all those posters know that their solutions just did not resolve my particular problem?
As it stands, I am wondering just why packages differ so much in data handling, and am a little disappointed about Stata in this particular respect. I do think that is perfectly in line with what other users would like to hear rather than have me gloss over a problem that has cost me five days (and counting) and which I imagine is going to crop up in other users` daily routine as well...

Martin Weiss

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