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RE: st: Manuals online


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Manuals online
Date   Sun, 14 Sep 2008 16:42:46 +0100

Yet another partial exception: The text of the Mata and Graphics manuals
is pretty much the same as the on-line help. 

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Richard Williams

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.

Eva Poen

>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.


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