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Re: st: RE: Stata 9 announcement


From   Paul Millar <paul.millar@shaw.ca>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: Stata 9 announcement
Date   Tue, 05 Apr 2005 11:26:24 -0600

There are several new capabilities that are very welcome in Stata 9. For programming, I am very keen to see the new "Mata" module for matrices. Stata's matrix capabilities are pretty terrible compared to, say, R, or any other programming language. I say this even though packages like SPSS are far worse.

Another big plus is the ability to add bootstrapped standard errors with just an option. The previous version was OK if your sample didn't have weights, but almost all samples do. This will make bootstrapping practical for the everyday user.

Mixed models might also be very cool - I need to see the docs, but I expect I have several applications for this.

All in all, this seems to have many important new capabilities.

- Paul


At 09:09 AM 05/04/2005, you wrote:

At 09:58 AM 4/5/2005 -0400, Steichen, Thomas J. wrote:
It is with some curiosity that I note that previous such announcements
have led to an immediate and wide-ranging discussion on Statalist,
yet this message was met with thunderous silence.  My question is why?
I have to admit that, with some exceptions, most of the new statistical stuff relates to things I have never used, probably will never use, and would not know how to use if I had to! But I imagine that for those who need and use those techniques this is very good news.

The cost of the program is no big deal (at least if you qualify for academic pricing) - it is the cost of the documentation that adds up. My inclination is to just buy every manual there is, but I wonder how necessary that really is? Has anybody seen the new manuals; for things like the reference guide, do they offer enough new to warrant buying them if you have the v. 8 manuals?

I am curious what the implications are for -gllamm-. Will it be faster now? Will Stata now have built-in alternatives to much of its features? I've avoided -gllamm- partly because I heard that, while it was a great program, it could be unbearably slow. Speeding up -gllamm- seemed to be a frequent request on this list; does V. 9 address this at all?

I will probably buy everything, including manuals, for much the same reasons that Thomas will; but there wasn't anything in the announcement that really wowed me (at least not yet.)

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