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From   "Maarten Buis" <M.Buis@fsw.vu.nl>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: new user
Date   Fri, 6 Oct 2006 11:33:34 +0200

Anamika Barua:
First, I cannot stress strongly enough the value of using 
commands in a do-file. Data analysis and especially data 
preparation is a process were everybody makes lots of 
mistakes. So you will want to know later on what you have 
done in the beginning and you'll want to change it. This 
is simple if you have a do file, but if haven't used a 
do-file you will have to start from scratch again multiple 
times during your project. 

As part of the set of manuals there is a "Getting started 
with Stata", which is a good place to start. After that I 
would go to http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/default.htm 
and look for the type of analysis I want to use Stata for, 
and look and repeat on my own computer the examples there, 
apply those examples to my project, and finally extend 
those examples to better fit the analysis I really want to 
do. These kinds of skills are best learned by doing, and 
adapting existing examples is a good way to get started. 
HTH,
Maarten

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Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
Boelelaan 1081 
1081 HV Amsterdam 
The Netherlands

visiting adress:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434 

+31 20 5986715

http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/
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---Anamika Barua wrote:
>  I am a new user of STATA, the version I am using is STATA 9 (window version).
> Could anyone please suggest me a good manual for a new user that will guide me
> through ( for version 9, so that I dont need to use any commands).
 

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