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st: RE: new metan command question


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: new metan command question
Date   Thu, 8 Sep 2005 17:48:58 +0100

Tom Steichen has answered the specifics. Note that 
there is a major misunderstanding embedded here. 

-update- updates official Stata [sic] (i.e. that supported
by StataCorp) _only_. 

User-written stuff, including -metan- and a few thousand 
other programs, is a completely different story. 

Here again is a guide to the rings of Stata. Experts 
will enjoy finding over-simplifications, e.g. no 
explicit mention of Stata. Beginners may be 
reassured to know that their confusion reflects
some real complexity. 

0. 	the executable (proprietary C code) 

	inscrutable 
	"those who know do not say; those who say do
	not know" (Tao Te Ching) 

	written by: StataCorp (Bill Gould and developers) 
	maintained by: StataCorp 

	upgraded by: money 
	updated by: -update- 

	StataCorp offer tech support: YES if you hold licence to 
		present or previous version 

	information on: -search-, -help- 

1. 	official ado files, help files, other text files 

	scrutable (use your text editor, but do NOT change)  

	written by: StataCorp (may include material originally user-written) 
	maintained by: StataCorp 

	upgraded by: money 
	updated by: -update-

	StataCorp offer tech support: as above 
 
	information on: -search-, -help- 

2.    user-written ado files, help files, other text files 
	that were published in the STB or SJ 

	scrutable (use your text editor, change at your peril) 

	written by: original authors 
	maintained by: authors (if alive and active); gurus (possibly) 

	upgraded by: love(*)  
	updated by: deliberate download from Stata website (start 
		with -search-) 

	StataCorp offer tech support: NO 

	information on: -search-, -help- (iff installed) 

3. 	user-written ado files, help files, other text files
	available from SSC 

	scrutable (use your text editor, change at your peril) 

	written by: original authors 
	maintained by: authors (if alive and active); gurus (possibly) 

	upgraded by: love(*)  
	updated by: deliberate download from SSC website using -ssc- 
		(or using browser if -ssc- impossible) 

	StataCorp offer tech support: NO 

	information on: -findit-, -help- (iff installed) 

4.    user-written ado files, help files, other text files
	otherwise in public domain 

	scrutable (use your text editor, change at your peril) 

	written by: original authors 
	maintained by: authors (if alive and active); gurus (possibly) 

	upgraded by: love(*) 
	updated by: download from within Stata using -net- 
		(or use browser if that impossible) 

	StataCorp offer tech support: NO 

	information on: -findit-, -help- (iff installed) 

5.    your own programs 

	you decide! 

(*) There are a few people who offer Stata consultancy. 
Occasionally people have advertised that they sell copies
of their Stata programs. 

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

ehowe
 
> We are working on a large meta-analysis and a few weeks ago 
> we discovered a 
> new metan command that allowed us to do analyses in groups 
> and present data 
> for all groups on the same forest plot.  The link we used to 
> install this 
> command was as follows:
> 
> net install http://www.ihs.ox.ac.uk/csm/metan/metan
> 
> Currently, this link is not working.  I have searched the 
> STATA website for 
> the updated metan command and also used the update all 
> function to make sure 
> STATA is updated, but this new STATA command still does not 
> appear to be 
> present.  Does anyone know where we could download this command?

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