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AW: st: Info Loading Stata-10-files in PASW-18

From   "Kaulisch, Marc" <>
To   <>
Subject   AW: st: Info Loading Stata-10-files in PASW-18
Date   Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:27:01 +0100

The problem with the StatTransfer solution is that you have to save an additional file and have an extra step in between which should be obsolete because PASW is supporting Stata files (at least up to version 18.0 - not the patch 18.01). I tested it now with an Stata-9 file - loading this into 18.01 fails as well - so it is not the file format 9 or 10...

I would rather complain about the stupid answers (stata 10 is the latest version; stata 10 is not supported (although it works with 18...)) - their responses are quick (and dirty...); I opened a ticket/case in their online tech center and I receive answers every day/within 24 to 48 hours (if I added a note). This is not to defend their business model.


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Maarten buis [] 
Gesendet: Dienstag, 22. Dezember 2009 12:07
Betreff: Re: st: Info Loading Stata-10-files in PASW-18

--- On Tue, 22/12/09, Kaulisch, Marc wrote:
> I hope this information is appropriate for this group, especially for 
> those also working with PASW Statistics: The patch 18.01 of PASW 
> Statistics does not allow to load Stata-10-files (I have not tested 
> any other) anymore although PASW 18 does! So if you use the feature 
> loading Stata files directly into PASW 18 be aware of this - in my 
> words -  bug of the PASW 18.01 patch.

One way to work around that is to use Stattransfer
( to move datasets from one format to the other. I have mostly used it the other way around, SPSS --> Stata rather than Stata --> SPSS, but it worked very well for me, so it will likely also work in your case.

> I did not receive any information on the reason of this regression but 
> SPSS Technical Support says that loading Stata-10 files is officially 
> not supported in PASW 18 in the first place - so getting this feature 
> back in is an enhancement...

I have heard this type of complaint about the techsupport of SPSS before. If you get a response at all, than the basic format of that respons tends to be: "Buy our new version of SPSS (or PASW or whatever they want to call it) in a year or so, which may or may not solve your problem, and you will only find out once you have given us your money."

This compares rather unfavourably with the typical response you get from Stata's tech support, whose basic format tends to be: "We will fix that in the next free update of Stata which will be available in a week or two, in the mean time this is what you can do to work around that problem"

Conclussion, use Stata. Not a very surprising conclusion, given that this is the Statalist ;-) 

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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