Estimate experimental-style causal effects from observational data. With Stata's treatment-effect estimators, we can use a potential-outcomes (counterfactuals) framework to estimate, for instance, the effect of a health education program in schools on teenage smoking or the effect of a subsidy on production. Fit models for continuous, binary, count, fractional, and survival outcomes with binary or multivalued treatments using inverse-probability weighting (IPW), propensity-score matching, nearest-neighbor matching, regression adjustment, or doubly robust estimators. If the assignment to a treatment is not independent of the outcome, you can use an endogenous treatment-effects estimator. And much more.
Take full advantage of the extra information that panel data provide while simultaneously handling the peculiarities of panel data. Study the time-invariant features within each panel, the relationships across panels, and how outcomes of interest change over time. Fit linear models or nonlinear models for binary, count, ordinal, censored, or survival outcomes with fixed-effects, random-effects, or population-averaged estimators. Fit dynamic models or models with endogeneity. And much more.
Multilevel mixed-effects models
Whether the groupings in your data arise in a nested fashion (students nested in schools and schools nested in districts) or in a nonnested fashion (regions crossed with occupations), you can fit a multilevel model to account for the lack of independence within these groups. Fit models for continuous, binary, count, ordinal, and survival outcomes. Estimate variances of random intercepts and random coefficients. Compute intraclass correlations. Predict random effects. Estimate relationships that are population averaged over the random effects. And much more.
Structural equation modeling (SEM)
Estimate mediation effects, analyze the relationship between an unobserved latent concept such as consumer confidence and the observed variables that measure consumer confidence, model a system with many endogenous variables and correlated errors, or fit a model with complex relationships among both latent and observed variables. Fit models with continuous, binary, count, ordinal, fractional, and survival outcomes. Even fit multilevel models with groups of correlated observations such as children within the same schools. Evaluate model fit. Compute indirect and total effects. Fit models by drawing a path diagram or using the straightforward command syntax. And much more.
Linear, binary, and count regressions
Fit classical linear models of the relationship between a continuous outcome, such as wage, and the determinants of wage, such as education level, age, experience, and economic sector. If your response is binary (for example, employed or unemployed), ordinal (education level), count (number of children), or censored (ticket sales in an existing venue), don't worry. Stata has maximum likelihood estimators—probit, ordered probit, Poisson, tobit, and many others—that estimate the relationship between such outcomes and their determinants. A vast array of tools is available to analyze such models. Predict outcomes and their confidence intervals. Test equality of parameters or any linear or nonlinear combination of parameters. And much more.
Analyze duration outcomes—outcomes measuring the time to an event such as failure or death—using Stata's specialized tools for survival analysis. Account for the complications inherent in survival data, such as sometimes not observing the event (censoring), individuals entering the study at differing times (delayed entry), and individuals who are not continuously observed throughout the study (gaps). You can estimate and plot the probability of survival over time. Or model survival as a function of covariates using Cox, Weibull, lognormal, and other regression models. Predict hazard ratios, mean survival time, and survival probabilities. Do you have groups of individuals in your study? Adjust for within-group correlation with a random-effects or shared frailty model. And much more.
Marginal effects and marginal means
Marginal effects and marginal means let you analyze and visualize the relationships between your outcome variable and your covariates, even when that outcome is binary, count, ordinal, categorical, or censored (tobit). Estimate population-averaged marginal effects, or evaluate marginal effects at interesting or representative values of the covariates. Analyze the effect of interactions. You can even trace out the marginal effect over a range of interesting covariate values or covariate interactions. You can do all of this with marginal means, sometimes called potential-outcome means, too—even when your "mean" is a probability of a positive outcome or a count from a Poisson model. If you have panel data and random effects, these effects are automatically integrated out to provide marginal (that is, population-averaged) effects. And much more.
Fit Bayesian regression models using a Metropolis–Hastings Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method. You can choose from a variety of supported models or even program your own. Extensive graphical tools are available to check convergence visually. Compute posterior mean estimates and credible intervals for model parameters and functions of model parameters. You can perform both interval- and model-based hypothesis testing. Compare models using Bayes factors. And much more.
Endogeneity and selection
When explanatory variables are related to omitted observable variables, or when they are related to unobservable variables, or when there is selection bias, causal relationships are confounded, and parameter estimates from standard estimators produce inconsistent estimates of the true relationships. Stata can fit consistent models when there is such endogeneity or selection—whether your outcome variable is continuous, binary, count, or ordinal and whether your data are cross-sectional or panel. And much more.
Programming and matrix programming
Want to program your own commands to perform estimation, perform data management, or implement other new features? Stata is so programmable that thousands of Stata users have implemented and published thousands of user-written commands. These commands look and act just like official Stata commands. A unique feature of Stata's programming environment is Mata, a fast and compiled matrix programming language. Of course, it has all the advanced matrix operations you need. It also has access to the power of LAPACK. What's more, it has built-in solvers and optimizers to make implementing your own maximum likelihood, GMM, or other estimators easier. And you can leverage all of Stata's estimation and other features from within Mata. Many of Stata's official commands are themselves implemented in Mata. And much more.
Account for missing data in your sample using multiple imputation. Choose from univariate and multivariate methods to impute missing values in continuous, censored, truncated, binary, ordinal, categorical, and count variables. Then, in a single step, estimate parameters using the imputed datasets, and combine results. Fit a linear model, logit model, Poisson model, multilevel model, survival model, or one of the many other supported models. Use the mi command, or let the Control Panel interface guide you through your entire MI analysis. And much more.
Without doubt Stata is an amazing, sophisticated and wonderful statistical package. I am very pleased.
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School of Law, St. Mary's University
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