On Fri, 25 Sep 2009, Alan G Isaac wrote:
On 9/24/2009 11:35 PM, Allin Cottrell wrote:
> And in fact I'm not so sure
> that the suggested approach (checking and revising the CSV file in
> a text editor before loading it into gretl) is inefficient; it may
> well be optimal. This is a serious point.
I take it seriously. I always look at my CSV files.
Cleaning them up with Vim is generally trivial.
But there are conflicting goals here. Do you realize that most
undergrads these days do not even know what a text editor is?
Yes, indeed I do :-(
I know you can't teach students everything at once. My approach
is to give them cleaned-up data at first, when they're just trying
to get familiar with econometric ideas, then later to reveal some
of the issues involved in the clean-up.