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


From   Beck Neal <nealinmadrid@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: AW: Popularity of R, SAS, SPSS, Stata...
Date   Sat, 26 Jun 2010 11:37:57 +0200

The thread has morphed in an interesting wayl. In polical science many (or most reputable) journals require the submission of a replication archive which has both the data necessary to replicate the analysis and whatever code is necessary to reproduce exactly any results that appear in the paper. This provides all the relevant information on computer routines and such that are used. For the body of the actual paper, only information that aids the reader is required; thus, for example, if a paper contains only regressions, it is usually irrelevant which package produced them. For more complicated procedures (say mixed models), this information is obviously important to many readers and will be provided in the text. In a world where data storage is essentially free, and many public archives exist, there is no excuse for any reader not being able to reproduce any result that appears in a paper (conditioal on their having the software).

An extremely nice public archive is the Harvard datavrse (http://thedata.org/) with whichi I have no connection other than as a member of various editorial board.



Neal Beck, Department of Poliics, NYU
On leave AY 2009, Instituto Juan March, Madrid,Spain
nealinmadrid@gmail.com





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