Do not use Microsoft Excel for important research
Microsoft Excel is malware
@bgcarlisle It is?
It tries to "help"
Many of the ways it automatically "helps" cannot be deactivated
Many of the ways it "helps" are saved to disc even if you don't click the save button
I can't recommend against using it strongly enough
@bgcarlisle I honestly didn't know, I haven't used Excel for 20 years. 😜
@drbjork Good strategy
Anyone dealing with large amounts of numeric data is recommended to code their calculations, not trust a spreadsheet.
Here's an example of things gone bad:
Turns out latex is not just for fun! (OK, that pun might be aged, dunno if people use that language any more, or if it's actually good :p)
@bgcarlisle Errors in some Excel formulas created the notion that 90% debt/GDP ratio klls future economic growth. And that led to austerity policies...
@bgcarlisle hear hear
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