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Re: Re: Re: st: new package -smvcir- available in SSC

From   Christopher Baum <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: Re: Re: st: new package -smvcir- available in SSC
Date   Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:33:43 +0000

On Dec 18, 2013, at 2:33 AM, David wrote:

> Thanks Kit, I got the data but now it is not in Stata format. see below
> . net get smvcir
> checking smvcir consistency and verifying not already installed...
> copying into current directory...
>       copying  wine.dta
> ancillary files successfully copied.
> . use wine
> file wine.dta not Stata format
> r(610);

Authors submitting materials to the SSC Archive must indicate what version of Stata is needed for their routine. If the routine runs on Stata version X, it is a reasonable expectation that the ancillary files are usable in Stata version >=X. As -smvcir- requires Stata 13, it is reasonable that the authors did not provide a dataset readable in versions < 13. They could do so, but you could not run their code with the data, so what's the point?

The wine dataset is assuredly in Stata 13 format.

. desc

Contains data from wine.dta
  obs:           178                          
 vars:            14                          9 Dec 2013 15:00
 size:         8,722                          (_dta has notes)
              storage   display    value
variable name   type    format     label      variable label
cultivar        byte    %10.0g     cultivar   
alcohol         float   %9.0g                 Alcohol
malicacid       float   %9.0g                 MalicAcid
ash             float   %9.0g                 Ash
alcash          float   %9.0g                 AlcAsh
mg              int     %8.0g                 MG
phenols         float   %9.0g                 Phenols
flav            float   %9.0g                 Flav
nfp             float   %9.0g                 NFO
proa            float   %9.0g                 Proa
color           float   %9.0g                 Color
hue             float   %9.0g                 Hue
od              float   %9.0g                 OD
proline         int     %8.0g                 Proline

Kit Baum
Professor of Economics and Social Work, Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA, USA
DIW Research Professor, Department of Macroeconomics, DIW Berlin, Berlin, Germany  |

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