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2011 Australian and New Zealand Stata Users Group meeting

Saturday, September 17, 2011
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: The University of Notre Dame–Fremantle, Western Australia
Cost: Meeting only $A90
Workshop only $A110
Prices include lunch and taxes.
Register online
Photo: Fremantle
Fremantle, Australia


The first Australian and New Zealand Stata Users Group meeting was a big success when it was held in Adelaide in 2004. The second such meeting was held in Melbourne in September 2006, and the third held in Sydney in 2009. This year, the fourth Stata Users Group will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia. Stata users from all disciplines are invited to attend. Beginners, experts, and everyone in between are welcome.

The aim is to bring together a wide range of users to discuss statistical analysis, data management, and graphics using Stata. Speakers are encouraged to present their experiences with the package, whether using standard commands, writing new programs, or exploiting the graphics facilities.

This meeting involves structured thematic sessions on novel usage of Stata for analysis of biostatistics, econometric data, psychological data, etc. Stata developers from the USA will host a “Wishes and grumbles” session.

Attending from StataCorp will be Bill Rising, Director of Educational Services, and Jeffrey Pitblado, Associate Director–Statistical Software. Jeffrey Pitblado will also present a workshop that takes place on September 18, the day after the meeting.

Call for papers

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations at the fourth Australian and New Zealand Stata Users Group meeting on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The available slots are for presentations of 10 or 20 minutes followed by discussion (total presentation lengths of 15 and 30 minutes). We are open to offers (with rationale) of shorter or longer talks of different presentation formats. Because of time constraints, we don’t anticipate that all abstracts can be accepted.

Presentations may be on any topic related to using Stata in research or teaching in any field. Example topics include the following:

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words with a maximum of one reference. Use ASCII text only. Indicate your preferred presentation style (oral or your own proposed style) and length (10 or 20 minutes).

Please email your abstract to keesman@tpg.com.au before July 15, 2011. The program committee will notify authors early on July 27, 2011 regarding whether their proposal has been accepted to present at the meeting. The final program will be posted by August 8.

Those required to present will need to email their presentation (slides) to keesman@tpg.com.au the week before the meeting by Monday, September 12, 2011.

Also, there will be a Stata tips session. Short presentations of Stata tips that you think may be of interest to other users (1–10 minutes) are welcome. If you would like share your tip with other users, please email keesman@tpg.com.au.

Workshop: Survey data analysis with Stata

September 18, 9:00–5:00

Jeff Pitblado
Associate Director, Statistical Software, StataCorp

In this workshop, I cover how to use Stata for survey data analysis, assuming a fixed population. Knowledge of Stata is not required, but attendees are assumed to have some statistical knowledge, such as that typically gained in an introductory statistics course. We will begin by reviewing the sampling methods used to collect survey data and how they affect the estimation of totals, ratios, and regression coefficients. We will then cover the three variance estimators implemented in Stata’s survey estimation commands. Strata with a single sampling unit, certainty sampling units, subpopulation estimation, and poststratification will also be covered in some detail. Each topic will be illustrated with an example in a Stata session.

Please note: You will need to bring your laptop to this workshop if you wish to use Stata during the workshop. If you do not have Stata on your laptop, it will be available to load on the day of the workshop.


Register online.

Download a registration form.

There will be an optional meal for an additional cost after the Users Group Meeting on Saturday, September 17.


Scientific organizers

Kieran McCaul
WA Centre for Health & Ageing
University of Western Australia

Max Bulsara
Health Sciences
The University of Notre Dame–Fremantle

If you would like to be on the committee, please contact the logistics organizers.

Logistics organizers

The logistics are being organized by Survey Design and Analysis Services Pty Ltd (http://www.survey-design.com.au), the distributor of Stata in Australia and New Zealand.

Survey Design and Analysis Services Pty Ltd
Karl and Helen Keesman
PO Box 1206
Blackburn North, VIC 3130

Email: sales@survey-design.com.au
Phone: +61 (0) 3 9878 7373
Fax: +61 (0) 3 9878 2345





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