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RE: st: STATA Vs. SAS


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: STATA Vs. SAS
Date   Wed, 27 Nov 2002 18:01:26 -0000

Laurel A Copeland, among many other comments, wrote

> I find SAS much better for data management.  There are many ways to
> approach each coding task; code can be optimized for
> readability/teachability, or for brevity, or for
> conservation of space or CPU time.

and Richard Herrell similarly wrote

> I continue to find Stata frustrating for data
> management and prefer SAS's data step
> capabilities.

I think Stata's developers (and at least one user-programmer)
would like to see specific suggestions of what
is easier to do in SAS, to help influence
the agenda.

Sometimes -- but not always -- it turns out
that the facilities exist; it is just not
transparent how to use them.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

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