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Re: st: To STATA experts - BOOK

From   "Neil Shephard" <>
Subject   Re: st: To STATA experts - BOOK
Date   Thu, 13 Sep 2007 06:01:33 +0000

On 9/13/07, <> 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

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 for subscription

> 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.

"In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to
them."  - Johann von Neumann

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