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# 34 Stan Program Style Guide

This chapter describes the preferred style for laying out Stan models. These are not rules of the language, but simply recommendations for laying out programs in a text editor. Although these recommendations may seem arbitrary, they are similar to those of many teams for many programming languages. Like rules for typesetting text, the goal is to achieve readability without wasting white space either vertically or horizontally. This is the style used in the Stan documentation, and should align with the auto-formatting ability of stanc3.