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Re: st: A Word to Future Authors

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: A Word to Future Authors
Date   Wed, 10 Aug 2005 11:36:39 -0500

At 10:56 AM 8/10/2005 -0500, Raphael Fraser wrote:
Well perhaps we need more specialized INTRODUCTORY Stata books out
there. Geared towards individual disciplines (biostatistics, social
sciences etc.). I am also perplexed that since the existence of Stata
there have only been a handful of intro books in the entire inhabited
earth. This is a plea to authors for more intro books with useful and
meaningful exercises.
As luck would have it, another line from my review was "The market may not be big enough, but if it is a Statistics with Stata for the Social Science or (perhaps more realistically) companion guides oriented toward different disciplines might be of great interest to many teachers."

But, the lack of such texts may just be a reflection of market conditions. Until Stata assumes its rightful position of world domination, you probably won't see as many books as you do with other programs. On the other hand, I wonder how often the president of SPSS or SAS answers questions on a userlist?

Incidentally, one thing that very much does please me is the existence of advanced books that show how to use Stata, such as Long & Freese's book on categorical data analysis. (While there may be zillions of SPSS books, almost all of the ones I've seen seem aimed at a 1 semester introductory course.) And, Stata's own manuals (which, alas, cost money) do a far better job of providing and explaining examples than the freebie online manual you get with SPSS.

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