On Wed, 25 Jan 2012, Talha Yalta wrote:
Thanks very much Professor Cottrell for your modificaitons and
explanations. Just one thing:
>> 1)- In the "Restrict based on criterion" window, if I use comma as
>> the decimal sign I get a syntax error.
> That's expected, and will not change: when you specify a criterion
> for restricting the sample "based on a criterion" you're accessing
> the "genr" mechanism, and that mechanism doesn't/can't support the
> decimal comma, for one thing because in that context ',' is the
> separator for function arguments.
Would it be possible that gretl (depending on the locale setting)
automatically replaces commas with dots (and say semicolons with
commas) before sending the command to genr? I insist because this is
someting that can be important in some places and/or countries.
Talha, please, how many times do we have to go over this? We found what
turned out to be an acceptable compromise years ago: dot in input,
locale-dependent separator in output.
You know very well that others have been against national decimal
separators forever, and yet have stopped complaining about them in the
name of the principle that, once a compromise has been agreed on, then
I don't mean to be confrontational here, but just to put this in context:
try to make the same request on the Stata or on the R mailing lists. I
suspect you'd be treated like an alien from outer space.
Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti
Dipartimento di Economia
Università Politecnica delle Marche