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st: SPSS vs STATA for panel data analysis with binary and categorical outcome variables


From   Cenare Cenarum <cenarum@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: SPSS vs STATA for panel data analysis with binary and categorical outcome variables
Date   Mon, 10 Apr 2006 12:31:14 +0100 (BST)

Hi,

I have never used STATA, therefore the question is-
have I understood it correctly that in order to do a
panel data analysis with binary and categorical
outcome variables, it is better to use STATA than
SPSS? The reasons for that are that STATA has logistic
regression that taken into account that measurements
are repeated and that STATA gives opportunity for more
complex analysis compared to SPSS where basically all
what one could do is to regress change scores for
independent variables to change score (or value in the
last wave) of the outcome variable. I am strugling
through longitudinal data analysis books on my own and
have no experience with this type of analysis,
therefore I will appreciate any comments and advice
(but please do take into account- I am neither
statistician, no mathematician, just a PhD student in
social sciences:)).

best regards
Daiga


		
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