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From   Lee Sieswerda <Lee.Sieswerda@tbdhu.com>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: (LEARNING) Stata v. SAS
Date   Fri, 29 Nov 2002 16:59:25 -0500

Your farm is probably safe (unless it happens to be in Zimbabwe). But if you
are serious about empirically testing which is easier to learn, you can pick
up some methodological ideas from a study of a(nother) long-running,
well-known holy war: emacs vs. vi. Here is the link:
http://www.math.fu-berlin.de/~guckes/vi/mirror/knottenbelt_william.vi_vs_ema
cs_study..txt

Regards,
Lee Sieswerda


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	J. Michael Oakes [SMTP:oakes@epi.umn.edu]
> Sent:	Friday, November 29, 2002 1:44 PM
> To:	statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject:	st: (LEARNING) Stata v. SAS
> 
> I'm reluctant to push the thread much further, but I wanted to add that I
> find STATA much easier to teach (and learn) than SAS. I've used both
> packages for many years and now teach them both to public health grad
> students here at U Minn. My sense is that students are much quicker to
> STATA
> than SAS. Those with prior SAS experience are often amazed at STATA's
> intuitive capabilties, especially (!) data management stuff. One critical
> distinction is STATA's documentation, help files, and this listserve. Ever
> searched for help on "tabulate" or "put" in SAS, or tried to buy the right
> SAS text to explain it? I like SAS, especially Proc Mixed, but its
> learning
> curve is too steep and the examples are terrible. Someday I'd like to
> empirically test my sense of all of this, but even without such data I'd
> still bet the farm that students (and employees) will prefer STATA to SAS.
> - Michael Oakes
> 
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