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RES: st: AW: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...

From   José Maria Pacheco de Souza <>
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Subject   RES: st: AW: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...
Date   Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:48:32 -0300


I agree with Ronan. I even suggest for student dissertations and theses the
inclusion (at least in the annexes) of the used commands and the results
outputs, when using Stata or R, or the figures when using MLwIN. For
publication, I think that showing some commands would help readers in their
José Maria
José Maria Pacheco de Souza ; Professor Titular, aposentado; Colaborador
Departamento de Epidemiologia/Faculdade de Saúde Pública/Universidade de São
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-----Mensagem original-----
[] Em nome de Ronan Conroy
Enviada em: sexta-feira, 25 de junho de 2010 07:05
Assunto: Re: st: AW: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...

On 24 Meith 2010, at 18:37, Nick Winter wrote:

> At the risk of provoking flames - can someone articulate the reason
> *for* citing the statistical software used in a book or article,
> especially in the case where only very standard statistical tools are
> used?  We don't, for example, generally cite the word processor,
> citation management software, and other computer tools used in the
> course of our research....

No potential for flames as far as I can see.

As a reviewer I encourage the practice so that people know the  
capabilities of software, and if they are undertaking a similar study,  
they may be guided in their choice of software for analysis.

Ronan Conroy
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Epidemiology Department,
Beaux Lane House, Dublin 2, Ireland
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