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Re: st: To STATA experts - BOOK


From   "Neil Shephard" <nshephard@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: To STATA experts - BOOK
Date   Thu, 13 Sep 2007 06:01:33 +0000

On 9/13/07, tiago.pereira@incor.usp.br <tiago.pereira@incor.usp.br> wrote:
> Dear Stata experts,
>
> Why donīt you write down a book "Stata for dummies"?
>
> Current available books on Stata are insufficient for non-statisticians
> researchers. Most examples on Stata programming are ridiculous.
> Furthermore, there is no book commenting on common errors and problems
> when running analyses with Stata. You could use the Statalist to summarize
> the 100 most common problems/errors in Stata, put them together,
> illustrate with nice examples and drawings, add things you think are
> important and, finnaly, a "Stata for dummies" shows up.
>

There are plenty of books already available at
http://www.stata-press.com/books/

One for beginners might be "A Gentle Introduction to Stata" by Alan C.
Acock, or perhaps "A Handbook of Statistical Analyses Using Stata 4th
Edition" by Sophia Rabe-Hesketh and Brian Everitt.

"Thirty-three Stata Tips" H. Joseph Newton and N. J. Cox (editors),
which is collated from the Stata Journal, may be construed as a start
along the "100 most common problems/errors" line and is ongoing in the
Stata Journal.  You'd probably find Nick Cox's "Speaking Stata" column
invaluable as well (see http://www.stata-journal.com/ for subscription
details).

> Then, you could come out with "Beginning Stata Programming For Dummies"
> and, eventually, "Stata - All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies" or
> something like that.

I think these already exist in the form of the Manuals.

Neil
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