Since I am in the middle of some very interesting discussions and experiments concerning this topic: it really does look like the difference in speed between the different multi-core/multi-processor Stata/MP versions is considerable. Right now I am performing a comparison exercise* with my friend and co-author Miguel, where, it turns out, a number of certain estimations with a 8-core Stata/MP 11 take
about 10 almost 15 times less real time (I know, I hardly believe it myself) than (almost) the same estimations done with a 2-core Stata/MP 11. → Read more
Cheaptalk post on the theory and history of open source software (with link in their text to the very interesting new NBER paper by Schwarz and Takhteyev)
“A neat project would be to infer the extent of school spirit from the estimate of the price elasticity implied by the prices that different university cemeteries charge“– very much so, indeed– though looks only applicable/relevant for a few places in the USA (most likely unrepresentative even of the USA entire university universe, not to even mention Europe or others).
First, the powerful Corus Chess tournament has started today (first game tomorrow) in Wijk aan Zee. Time for last year’s Group A winner, Magnus Carlsen, to really make history. Ivanchuk did quite well lately, but I still don’t see him with too many chances against the Viking Chessmaster, this time. → Read more
…though I am definitely going to try Gauss as well and learn it better than I know it at the moment (and I certainly think one should try many programming languages; each of them could have particular comparative advantages in specific routines etc.). → Read more
I once blogged (among other things) about this extremely interesting and welcome software, Gapminder, developed by Hans Rosling and his team from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. It seems that the software is now included as part of the google tools, which makes it even more popular and easier to disseminate everywhere. → Read more