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st: A Word to Future Authors


From   Raphael Fraser <raphael.fraser@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: A Word to Future Authors
Date   Wed, 10 Aug 2005 09:02:00 -0400

Dear Authors of Stata Books,

I have a complaint about introductory Stata books. Recently, I have
been searching for  "intro to Stata" books to teach masters level
students how to use Stata. Of the two intro books at Stata's book
store none had EXERCISES to reinforce concepts. Why should I buy a
book and create my own exercises? I feel cheated. While these books
meet the objective of 'illustrating' how to use some commands they
fail to reinforce concepts. Have anyone ever seen a statistics text
book without problems at the end of each chapter? Why is that? Because
Statistics authors know that their students will never fully
understand certain concepts until they attempt to solve problems
themselves. Why should Stata's intro books be different? If authors
are serious about Stata then there must be problems at the end of each
chapter. We all know that seeing something done is not enough.
Students will never learn Stata until they actually attempt some task
in Stata.


Regards,
Raphael

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