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Re: st: Stata vs Fortran

From   Tony <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata vs Fortran
Date   Wed, 1 Sep 2010 23:29:13 -0500

I think it was Edward Prescott who said there is no substitue for
spending a weekend with FORTRAN.  Stata is seriously underpowered but
no surprise there.  That's not what it's supposed to be used for.



On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 5:46 AM, Allan Reese (Cefas)
<> wrote:
> This discussion seems to have gone off topic, and (why hide
> behind pseudonym?) has not indicated what Fortran properties Stata,
> Mata, or any other language cannot replicate.  I would suggest that
> within any complex calculation (supercomputers, multiple processors have
> been mentioned), the overhead of learning how to read a formatted Ascii
> file into Fortran will be trivial.  It is also likely that the data file
> in Stata will contain variables not needed in the Fortran calculation.

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