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st: RE: Re: New Resource for Using R with Stata

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Re: New Resource for Using R with Stata
Date   Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:41:41 +0100

I think you are mis-reading most of the discussion on your 
initial email. I don't think there would be much 
disagreement, at least from me, that different packages have
complementary strengths. What provoked dissent 
was the statement, or implication, that creating customized publication 
quality graphs was not one of Stata's strengths. The 
most interesting threads focus on specifics such as
precisely what Stata can and cannot do. Stata can't do
publishable 3-D graphics in my view, but conversely the 
new graph editor gives extra bite to the new graphics
introduced in Stata 8 and enhanced since. 


Rob Kabacoff
> 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.

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