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re:Re: st: NEW MODULE: wbdata - World Bank Data Bases


From   Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   re:Re: st: NEW MODULE: wbdata - World Bank Data Bases
Date   Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:11:42 -0500

At 05:22 PM 2/3/2011, Christopher Baum wrote:
As has been pointed out, _pecats is described in JP's helpfile for wbdata as a Long and Freese module. He has included it in several other routines on SSC, with acknowledgement. That's why there was already a _pecats.ado on SSC (although
Long and Freese software is not generally available from SSC).

I was unaware of the name conflict because the material referenced above from the SJ was never on SSC. It is JP's call as to whether he should rename his routine. Obviously there can only be one ado-file of a given name on SSC, but that does not prevent name reuse between STB, SJ, SSC and user-provided archives. There is the issue of 'who got there first', but then I had a routine on SSC for some time, only to find a routine with the same name appearing in a new issue of the SJ...

In general, you have to be careful about multiple versions of Long and Freese software. For example, their -fitstat- routine is available on SSC, but a much more current version of the software is available on Long's website as part of their -spost9- package of programs. Maybe _pecats is the same wherever you find it, but if it is vital as a supporting app for some program I myself would be tempted to rename it while still giving credit.


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