Q: What does MARCH mean?
A: MARCH is an acronym for MARkov CHain.
Q: Are you planning to release MARCH on other computing platforms than the Microsoft's
A: No, but a R version of MARCH called march is now available on CRAN.
Q: What kind of data files can be used in MARCH?
A: MARCH can open both text files and Microsoft's Excel .xls files. Since almost all softwares are able to write one of these two formats, MARCH can use data files created with virtually any other software.
Q: Do I need to install other softwares on my computer to fully exploit MARCH?
A: The only other software really needed to fully exploit MARCH is a text editor to open the results file, but Microsoft's Notepad, which is installed on all PCs, is perfect for that. Moreover, you need a .pdf reader to open the user's guide. If you don't have one yet, you can download one for free from the Adobe site. Finally, if you want to create theoretical model, you need to have a spredsheet software able to write Microsoft's Excel .xls files.
Q: I cannot run MARCH 2.11 on my computer. I always get an error message like "The
procedure entry point mxGetRegisterInternalFcnsFcn could not be located in the dynamic link library libmx.dll."
A: This is a known problem of versions 2.XX, a conflict between MARCH and Matlab 7.x. It has been solved in version 3.00. If you are still using an older version of MARCH, you can use the following method: The problem lies in the Path environment variable of your system. Go to your system path variable (start/settings/control panel/system/advanced/environment variables). You probably have one element corresponding to Matlab and one corresponding to March. Modify the line to make sure that the element corresponding to March is located BEFORE the one corresponding to Matlab.
Q: MARCH 3.00 opens very slowly on my computer. Is it normal?.
A: Yes, this is normal. When you run MARCH, several files are extracted and created. This process takes some time, especially on older computers.
Q: I bought an old version of MARCH. How much does it cost to upgrade to the new one?
A: Nothing! All MARCH licenses are perpetual and include new versions. All you have to do is remove the old version from your computer, install the new one, and finally reenter your personal registration information.
Q: When I try to run March under Vista or System 7, I get the following error: "Exception EInOutError in
module march.exe at 00025595. File access denied."
A: The solution is very easy: Instead of double clicking on the March icon to run the software, right click on the icon and select "Run as Administrator".