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st: Re: New Resource for Using R with Stata


From   "Rob Kabacoff" <robk@statmethods.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Re: New Resource for Using R with Stata
Date   Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:39:14 -0400

I seem to have started a discussion on which is better, R or Stata, which is fine, but was not my intention. I think that they both have their strengths and limitations. I typically use Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, and even Systat on a regular basis, depending on what I am trying to do. Every package has its strengths. I think that R compliments Stata well, and since it is free and available on PC, Mac, and Linux, it is a valuable resource for students. That is why I created the training site - to help people already using Stata to be able to add R functionality easily when desired.

Rob
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Rob Kabacoff, Ph.D.
www.statmethods.net

-------- Original Message --------
> From: Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
> Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 4:58 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: New Resource for Using R with Stata
> 
> --- Rob Kabacoff wrote:
> > > > R is a free and comprehensive statistical and graphical
> > > > programming language. It provides a wide range of  procedures
> > > > that can enhance and extend Stata's capabilities (particularly
> > > > when it comes to creating customized publication quality graphs).
> 
> --- Maarten buis wrote:
> > > At various conferences I had the following conversation:
> > > Q: I realy liked your graphs. You must have done them in R.
> > > A: No, Stata combined with the -lean2- scheme will give you graphs 
> > > that look pretty much the same as the graphs in R, and Stata
> > > -twoway- graphs are as flexible as R graphs.
> 
> --- David Airey wrote:
> > Today I learned you cannot rotate text outside the plot region in R  
> > base graphics (like tick labels). Check plus for Stata. :)
> 
> To be fair, R can do mathematical and greek symbols in their graphs and
> Stata (still?) can't (with some ASCII exceptions). 
> 
> Anyhow, in terms of graphical capabilities I think the two packages are
> pretty evenly matched. The main difference is in what these packages
> are designed to do: Stata is designed for doing data analysis while R
> is a "statistical and graphical programming language". Fro more on this
> comparison, see the comments on this post:
> http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2007/08/they_started_me.html
> 
> Maarten
> 
> -----------------------------------------
> Maarten L. Buis
> Department of Social Research Methodology
> Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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> 1081 HV Amsterdam
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