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st: RE: Is Stata used for spatial statistics/GIS?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Is Stata used for spatial statistics/GIS?
Date   Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:17:52 -0000

The short answer is Not much. 

In particular, Stata cannot claim to be 
a GIS. 

However, there are several very interesting 
user contributions in the field of spatial 
statistics, and even mapping, some not 
fully in the public domain. Also, I
suspect that spatial statistics will 
be a growth area for Stata in the medium
term, partly because people who like Stata 
will want to do spatial statistics within it. 

My guess is that add-ons to R give it a clear 
edge at present. 

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

Rick Tardanico
 
> Is Stata used for spatial statistics/GIS, including for 
> teaching a basic 
> course on the topic?  If so, what are its advantages or disadvantages 
> relative to other software?  What's the best software for getting 
> started with spatial statistics?

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