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"Data Analytics Corp." <walt@dataanalyticscorp.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: Spss vs Stata |

Date |
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 10:53:49 -0400 |

Hi,

Thanks, Walt ________________________ Walter R. Paczkowski, Ph.D. Data Analytics Corp. 44 Hamilton Lane Plainsboro, NJ 08536 ________________________ (V) 609-936-8999 (F) 609-936-3733 walt@dataanalyticscorp.com www.dataanalyticscorp.com _____________________________________________________ On 8/2/2010 5:03 AM, SCHOUMAKER Bruno wrote:

I still have to use SPSS for my teaching - but I am working hard toconvince a sufficient number of colleagues to switch to Stata.Incidentally, I started using Stata when doing my postdoc in Montreal :-)SPSS is is also available in French, which is thought by some peoplein French speaking places (like here) to be an advantage over SPSS.However, the translation is sometimes so weird in the latest SPSSversions that I personnally consider it to be an disadvantage.I agree SPSS can produces nice tables, but with some user-writtenpackages and some investments in programming, I find Stata much morepowerful even for tables.Best, Bon apprentissage de Stata... Bruno Le 2/08/2010 2:04, Yves Therriault a écrit :Dear Stata users, I've been using SPSS for 20 years. For the time being, I still use a six years old version of SPSS (12.01). For many reasons, I told my organisation that I would rather purchasing one licence of Stata instead of upgrading to the newest release of SPSS (18.0). A few months ago, I've asked former SPSS users to write about their experience with Stata. Generally, people who have decided to switch from SPSS to Stata aren't looking back. In order to learn the basics of Stata more easily when the software is installed on my computer, I bought 3 introductory books : A Gentle Introduction to Stata ; An Introduction to Stata for Health Researchers and, finally Data Analysis Using Stata. I'm interested to hear from those who made the switch to Stata and particularly about the lurning curve regarding the management of Stata output. Generally, Stata seems to be far more superior to SPSS in many ways. But, in my humble opinion, Stata is currently far behind SPSS concerning how it displays its output. I'm aware that a lot of routines have been written by Stata users to customize outputs though. Just in case Stata programmers were monitoring this list, I would be very pleased if the company decided to "improve" the output display in a future release. Perhaps, another possible feature would gave the user the choice between a "standard" Stata output and a Spss-like output. Of course, I don't intent to start a controversy here. Maybe I'm just an "old SPSS user" who is a little bit afraid to have to learn a new syntax ! : - ) Finally, I just want tell you all how much I appreciate this list. This is a very nice and vibrant community. I'm sure that I will learn a lot from Stata experts as soon as I start using the software. Kind regards, Yves (Province de Québec) P.S. Sorry for the bad English. I write in English just once in a while. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

-- ________________________ Walter R. Paczkowski, Ph.D. Data Analytics Corp. 44 Hamilton Lane Plainsboro, NJ 08536 ________________________ (V) 609-936-8999 (F) 609-936-3733 walt@dataanalyticscorp.com www.dataanalyticscorp.com * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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**References**:**st: Spss vs Stata***From:*Yves Therriault <ytherriault@gmail.com>

**Re: st: Spss vs Stata***From:*SCHOUMAKER Bruno <bruno.schoumaker@uclouvain.be>

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