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Re: st: Manuals online


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Manuals online
Date   Sun, 14 Sep 2008 10:59:54 -0500

At 04:31 AM 9/14/2008, Eva Poen wrote:
There is one exception, however: the reference manual for Stata 1.0,
released in 1985, can be found online at
http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/sca/Stata1/default.htm.

Eva
Also, there are some free samples online. Go to

http://www.stata.com/bookstore/docset.html

and then click on the docs you are interested in, e.g.

http://www.stata.com/bookstore/refset.html

On the latter page, you can get the manual's chapters on

* clogit Conditional (fixed-effects) logistic regression
* exlogistic Exact logistic regression
* mfx Obtain marginal effects or elasticities after estimation
* regress Linear regression
* regress postestimation Postestimation tools for regress


A lot of the other links from the first page I gave will lead you to links for a manual's intro chapters, which may help you to decide whether you want to buy the whole thing.

I think the biggest advantages of the manuals over the online help are (a) they usually teach you a little bit about the statistics and rationales involved, as opposed to just showing syntax, and (b) the manuals have detailed examples and explain the output a bit. You can't become an expert on a method just by reading a Stata chapter, but at least you can get a general idea and then decide whether you want to learn more from there.


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