2012 Polish Stata Users Group meeting: Master lecture

October 19, 1:00 PM–4:30 PM

The free master lecture on October 19 will be led by Ulrich Kohler, a senior researcher at the Social Science Research Center Berlin who has used Stata for years. He is co-author of the textbook Data Analysis Using Stata, associate editor of the Stata Journal, and author of several user-written programs, including a bundle of programs to perform sequence analysis with Stata. Starting in October 2012, he will serve as Professor for Methods in Empirical Social Research at the University of Potsdam.

The master lecture will be conducted in English.

I. Introduction to Stata

The lecture starts with a software presentation that shows new users how Stata works. It then goes on to give more detailed introductions to various facilities, including do-files and the Stata Do-File Editor, graphics, econometric models, data entry, user-written commands, and Stata’s web awareness.

II. Sequence analysis using Stata

Sequence data arise in many scientific fields, such as biology and the social sciences, where researchers use sequences to investigate life courses, marital histories, and employment profiles. A sequence is an ordered list of elements. An element can be a certain status (for example, employment or marital status); a physical object (for example, a base pair of DNA, a protein, or an enzyme); or an event (for example, a dance step or a bird call). The presentation describes a general strategy to analyze such data and introduces old and new features of SQ-Ados, a bundle of user-written Stata programs for sequence analysis.