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Re: st: A Word to Future Authors
I think "Data Analysis using Stata" is an excellent text. And Kohler's
response is a reasonable one. Though I wish he would say the next
edition will have exercises. I also knew that your book had no
exercises from the beginning. But I kept asking myself why can't we
have problems in our intro books? Which lead to the original thread.
That said, I believe there is a real need for a standard INTRODUCTORY
text with exercises in Stata or an improvement in existing ones. Let
me explain what I mean by introductory. This book would run along the
lines of the aforementioned book with the sole objective of learning
Stata; how to manipulate data, working with dates, functions, intro
programming etc. No statistical concepts would be included. Similar to
chapters 1-7,10 and 11 of "Data Analysis using Stata" (see below). In
such a text it is the concepts borne out by the exercises that would
be of interest regardless of the discipline. Any person interesting in
learning Stata would be interested in such a book. And could be useful
as a reference book or act as supplementary material to some course.
Any course really.
This is my humble opinion an ideal intro text.
1 "The first time"
1.1 Starting Stata
1.2 Setting up your screen
1.3 Your first analysis
1.5 Exiting Stata
2 Working with do-files
3 The grammar of Stata
4 Some general comments on the statistical commands
5 Creating and changing variables
6 Creating and changing graphs
7 Describing and comparing distributions
10 Reading and writing data
11 Do-files for advanced users and user-written programs
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