I wonder if there's a way to make the setobs command more user friendly.
From its help: "In the case of panel data the starting observation
should be given as 1:1; and in the case of cross-sectional data, as 1."
So if the user has no options in these cases, why does (s)he still have
to get these parts right, instead of leaving them out?
A related question is why a periodicity has to be given for the
--cross-section option. That also seems to be redundant and to add to
the syntax complexity.
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