2007 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting
Announcement and call for papers
This is the first announcement and call for papers for the 2007 Nordic and
Baltic Stata Users Group meeting.
The meeting is open to all interested. Personnel from StataCorp will attend,
and there will be the usual “wishes and grumbles” session, at
which you may air your thoughts to Stata developers. There will also be an
optional dinner in a Stockholm restaurant on Friday evening (at additional
The organizers assume no level of sophistication for presenters or attendees. We hope
that you will consider joining the meetings, whether as a presenter or an attendee.
Source: Stockholm Visitors Board
Photographer: Alexander V. Dokukin
September 7, 2007
10:00 AM–12:00 PM Morning session
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM–5:00 PM Afternoon session
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Nobels väg 12A
SE-171 77 Stockholm
||Conference only: free |
Conference plus optional dinner: TBA
See Registration and details for more information.
Suggested presentation topics include but are not limited to
- Using Stata for modeling and analysis
- User-written Stata programs
- Using Stata to import and manage data
- Using Stata for graphics
- Teaching Stata
- Teaching statistics with Stata
- Surveys or critiques of Stata facilities in specific fields
- Software comparisons
Please contact the organizing committee
if you would like to discuss the suitability of a potential contribution.
Submit abstracts electronically to Peter Hedström at
no later than August 19, 2007.
Please indicate the length of your presentation, which could
- 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion),
- 10 minutes (followed by 5 minutes of discussion), or
- some other length.
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Registration and details
To register for the meeting, send an email to
containing your name, affiliation, and contact details
before August 31, 2007 (preferably much sooner).
Please indicate if you would like to make a presentation (see
Submission guidelines above).
Satellite meetings on Thursday, September 6, 2007
There will be two satellite meetings:
- Methods for studying cancer patient survival with application in Stata
Course leader: Paul Dickman
Relative survival is the outcome measure of choice for studying
cancer patient survival by using data collected by population-based
cancer survival. The aim of this workshop is to discuss and compare
approaches to estimating and modeling relative survival (excess
mortality) and their application in Stata. The workshop will include
presentations from invited speakers who have developed methodology
that is implemented in Stata. Speakers include Paul Dickman
(estimating and modeling relative survival, the strs
command), Paul Lambert (cure models, the strsmix and
strsnmix commands), Bernard Rachet (estimating relative
survival by using the strel command, modeling using
fractional polynomials and splines, modeling and smoothing
population mortality rates), Chris Nelson (fitting spline functions
for relative survival models, the strsrcs command) and Ula
Nur (modeling relative survival in the presence of incomplete data).
The primary focus will be on approaches to modeling excess
mortality, particularly when proportional excess hazards are
appropriate. Many of the approaches to modeling differ only in the
method used for modeling the baseline hazard; the various approaches
will be discussed from both a theoretical and practical approach.
All speakers will use standard datasets in their presentations to
facilitate comparison of the various approaches. These datasets
will be distributed to all participants in advance (along with
research questions to be explored) and Stata code presented during
the workshop will be available on the web. We will discuss proposals
for future methodological development and possible collaboration, as
well as possibilities for standardizing the Stata commands (at least
to the extent it is possible). The workshop is aimed at participants
who have prior knowledge of methods for population-based cancer
survival analysis or have a very strong background in medical
statistics and Stata.
- Using Stata for agent-based modeling
Course leader: Peter Hedström
Agent-based modeling is a simulation-based approach which is
becoming increasingly important in the social sciences. It seeks to
analyze the social outcomes that groups of virtual agents (e.g.,
individuals) are likely to bring about when they act and interact
with one another, and how these outcomes depend upon the properties
of the agents and the social networks in which they are embedded. In
this workshop we focus on how Stata can be used for such analyses.
Some of the programs introduced in the workshop are used for
generating the environments in which agents are embedded—the
networks—and other programs are used for analyzing what the
agents are likely to bring about when placed in such environments.
The workshop assumes no previous knowledge of agent-based modeling
but assumes a basic knowledge of Stata.
We will give more details of these satellite meetings (including how to
register) soon. These meetings may be canceled if not enough people sign
The meeting is jointly organized by Metrika Consulting
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
(www.meb.ki.se), and the Department of
Nutritional Epidemiology, National Institute of Environmental Medicine,
Karolinska Institutet (http://ki.se/IMM).
Metrika is the certified exclusive distributor of Stata in the Nordic and
Baltic regions. For more information, contact them at
The Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group organizing committee
Nicola Orsini, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Nutritional Epidemiology
The National Institute of Environmental Medicine
Paul Dickman, email@example.com
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics