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RE: st: SSC Activity, April 2006

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: SSC Activity, April 2006
Date   Tue, 2 May 2006 16:13:00 +0100

For the most part, what we seem to be 
seeing is people relatively new to 
Stata -- and mostly not members of 
Statalist -- grabbing stuff on the
grounds that it might come in useful
some time. For example, there are 
about 2000 members of Statalist. 
As -outreg- has not been updated 
in a long while, the number of Statalist
members who downloaded it in April 
is, I guess wildly, at most a few dozen. 
That leaves several hundred others.

Still, no harm in that. 

For my part, there is probably a 
negative relationship between what 
is downloaded and my own personal 
list of what I regard my best stuff. 


Richard Williams
> At 12:12 PM 5/1/2006, Kit Baum wrote:
> >Over 64,000 ado-files were downloaded from the SSC Archive during
> >April 2006,
> >representing the efforts of 196 members of the Stata user/programmer
> >community.
> As always, thanks to Kit for providing this info and for maintaining 
> SSC in the first place.  A few observations:
> * Inertia seems to be a big factor in some of the downloads.  outreg 
> was great in its day, but it hasn't been updated in years and many 
> people feel that estout and outreg2 are now better.  Also, fitstat 
> continues to be popular, even though the version on SSC is several 
> years old - Long and Freese maintain the most current version on 
> their own web site.  People who read this list are probably more up 
> to date on what the latest and greatest programs are.
> * I'm always sort of humbled when I read these lists, since I have no 
> idea what most of these programs do!  There is an awful lot I don't 
> know about statistics, I'm afraid.
> * I wonder what impact adoupdate has on these numbers - a simple bug 
> fix could drive a program back up on the charts as people 
> automatically download the new version.

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