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RE: st: RE: Brute force

From   "Shun Chonabayashi" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Brute force
Date   Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:50:40 -0400

Thank you so much for your replies.

Then, for example, if I have observations of variables Ai, Ci and Di and
want to obtain the best estimates for constants B0 and B1 in the formula
below, do you think I can apply "brute force"? If so, could you let me know
how to command this in Stata? Thanks for your time.



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 2:15 PM
Subject: RE: st: RE: Brute force

Jeph is based in the USA. That may not be evident from his email address. 

I think we agree, w.r.t. Shun's question, is that there isn't a prescription
for applying brute force, any more than there is a prescription for elegance
or simplicity. 


Jeph Herrin

This may be a transatlantic distinction, but on this side of the pond,
"brute force" is often both admirable and desirable in all respects except
efficiency. That is, the brute force method may be the best approach but too
costly (in terms of time or resources) to implement.
In analysis, at least; in areas such as diplomacy it indeed lacks an
admirable connotation.

Nick Cox wrote:
> This question probably arises as a understandable puzzle about
> English usage, possibly mine! 
> Some approach may be described as "brute force", but that means only 
> that the technique will work, but is otherwise not admirable or 
> desirable.
> There isn't a converse recipe for "brute force". 
> Some idea of context would be helpful.  
> Nick
> Shun Chonabayashi
> Could anybody explain how to do "brute force" in Stata or refer to any 
> page which explains about it? Thanks.

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