Sorry, this is a bit long but I hope you'll bear with me.
First, I'd like to second a comment made by Jack Lucchetti on the
gretl-devel list, namely that the idea of announcing a pre-release
bug-hunting period has proved its worth very nicely. Thanks to
Ignacio Diaz-Emparanza for proposing this, and thanks to all who
have submitted reports. Hopefully, gretl 1.9.6 will be a "keeper".
Second, in the process of responding to bug reports I've modified a
few translatable strings, so I propose to wait a few more days
before releasing to give translators the opportunity to catch up.
I'm now expecting to release gretl 1.9.6 by the end of this week.
Third, in the spirit of the bug-hunting period I have tried to
restrain myself and not add new functionality that might pack new
bugs. However, there are a few new things in CVS that may be worth
1) Adding an importer for new-style Excel files (Office Open XML,
*.xlsx) was less difficult than I feared, so this will be in 1.9.6.
2) I have a new econometrician colleague who has been learning gretl
fast, and in writing a simulation script he noted some room for
improvement in our random number generation functions. In response I
have a couple of changes:
(a) Added a new function mrandgen() which provides the same
functionality as randgen(), but with matrix output.
(b) Added a new distribution option, 'i' to randgen and mrandgen:
this gives discrete (integer) uniform output over a specified closed
interval. And there's also a new function randint() which does the
same but with scalar output.
It's possible to write your own function to generate random integers
on the basis of gretl's continuous uniform output, but it's not
trivial to get that right; it's also rather roundabout, since the
underlying RNG used by gretl offers integer output natively. The new
discrete random functions give direct access to the integer RNG.
Fourth, I have just recently tried to improve the behavior of the
GUI script editor in respect of the Tab and Enter keys. The idea is
that "smart tab" at the start of a line should produce the correct
indent, and Enter should correct the indent of the line that's being
terminated, if need be. Up till now this has worked up to a point
but has not been fully reliable, and I think it should now be
better. Please let me know if you see any anomalies.
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