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RE: st: SSC Activity, April 2006
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.
> 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
> 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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