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Re: st: Stata 12 and HLM Software


From   Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu, statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata 12 and HLM Software
Date   Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:56:16 -0500

At 05:26 PM 4/9/2012, Stas Kolenikov wrote:
On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM, James Stark <jstark@health.nyc.gov> wrote:
> Since upgrading to Stata 12, I no longer have the ability to create an HLM = MDM file using the HLM 6.08 software. I can still run HLM2 models using pre= viously made MDM files but I cannot create new ones. Any thoughts?

Are you using a user-written or official Stata commands? The official
ones should run under version control (e.g., -version 11-). The
user-written software may or may not work under version control; it
may utilize other user-written commands or Mata libraries that are
version-specific.

I assume James is running Sean Reardon's -hlm- command available from SSC; if not he needs to make that clear. The help says "These commands allow the user to invoke and run HLM v6 from within Stata 8.2 or higher." (HLM V6 being some other company's software.) My guess is that James is having trouble because Stata creates a bunch of .dta files that then get used by HLM, but I don't think HLM can read Stata 12 files. The -hlm- help also says the path for HLM needs to be specified correctly, so James might check and make sure he has that right.

It looks to me like -hlm- handles version control correctly, but it is still at the mercy of changes in Stata or HLM made after -hlm- was written.

James might also take a look at Stata 12's -sem- module and see if it can do what he wants. HLM can probably do more, but -sem- might work depending on your needs.


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