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Re: st: comparing capabilities of Econometric softwares


From   David Jacobs <jacobs.184@sociology.osu.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: comparing capabilities of Econometric softwares
Date   Thu, 18 Dec 2003 13:24:47 -0500

I use both Stata and Eviews, but I haven't used Shazam. Eviews is much better at time-series and other techniques that I guess are used by macroeconomists but I strongly prefer Stata for both pooled cross-section time-series and cross-sectional analyses. And there's no survival analysis in Eviews. Eviews is far more automated than Stata and it is much easier to get TIMELY graphics out of Eviews. If you want to save money, you might find that Eviews 3.1 is sufficient for your needs as the added features in version 4.1 would be useful only for advanced macro extimation (I think they still sell version 3.1). And the graphics in 3.1 is more intuitive.

In general Stata makes you learn commands; Eviews is automated and it's interface and push button controls are more intuitive and faster to learn. In short, I find both programs to be extremely useful, but I use Stata more often because it is more flexible despite it's less than user friendly approach.

Dave Jacobs

At 12:22 PM 12/17/2003 -0400, you wrote:

Greetings to everyone,

 Notwithstanding bouts of frustration by Stata, I am an devoted user of the
software. However, just out of curiosity what are the strenths and weaknesses
of Stata in comparison to softwares such as Shazam and Eviews? If anyone has
ever used either Shazam and Eviews please offer your comments about their
capabilities as well.
 Thank you,

Kimberley

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