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Stata Press titles now available as eBooks

You asked for them. We listened. Your favorite Stata Press titles are now available as eBooks, or will be soon.

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In the spotlight: eteffects and the challenges of making causal inferences

Extracting causal relationships from data is one of the fundamental endeavors of researchers. Ideally, we could conduct a controlled experiment to extract causal relations. However, a controlled experiment is rarely feasible for researchers or indivi duals who need to make informed decisions based on their available observational data.

In the absence of experimental data, we construct models to capture the relevant features of the causal relationship we are interested in....

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In the spotlight: Intraclass correlations after multilevel survival models

As analysts, we like our data to be independent. Sometimes our data don't cooperate. Sometimes our data have groupings such that the observations within the groups are unlikely to be independent. For instance, you may have patients who were treated at the same hospital or students who attend the same school. One way to account for this lack of independence is to fit a multilevel survival model and include group-level random effects. Stata's mestreg command that was introduced in Stata 14 does just that. And, when models are fit using the accelerated failure-time parameterization, we can even compute intraclass correlations.

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Stata Conference Chicago 2016: Program now available

July 28–29 in Chicago

Looking to increase your Stata IQ, or perhaps just want an excuse to enjoy a few days in the city that is second to none? You can't miss with the 2016 Stata Conference. The Stata Conference provides a unique users-group experience, bringing together top researchers from around the world and Stata developers in an intimate atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

The program is now available, and includes talks in the following areas:

  • Regression discontinuity designs and models
  • Integrating Stata with web technologies
  • Topics in Stata programming
  • Data analysis: Tools and techniques
  • Fitting new statistical models with Stata
  • Reproducible research
  • Visualizing data
  • Hypothesis testing: Multiple comparisons and power
  • Bayesian analysis in Stata

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New from Stata Press

A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Fifth Edition By Alan C. Acock
Copyright: 2016

Alan C. Acock's A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Fifth Edition is aimed at new Stata users who want to become proficient in Stata. After reading this introductory text, new users will be able not only to use Stata well but also to learn new aspects of Stata.

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An Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata, Revised Third Edition
By Mario Cleves, William W. Gould, and Yulia V. Marchenko
Copyright: 2016

An Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata, Revised Third Edition is the ideal tutorial for professional data analysts who want to learn survival analysis for the first time or who are well versed in survival analysis but are not as dexterous in using Stata to analyze survival data.

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New blog series: Programming an estimation command in Stata®

David Drukker, StataCorp's Executive Director of Econometrics, wants to teach you how to write an estimation command in Stata. He wants your command to act and work just like official Stata estimation commands. He wants your command to support robust standard errors, to perform predictions, and to work with Stata's postestimation commands like test and margins. He wants to show you how easily you can accomplish all of this and more.

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New from the Stata Bookstore

Biostatistics in Public Health Using Stata

By Erick L. Suárez, Cynthia M. Pérez, Graciela M. Nogueras, and Camille Moreno-Gorrín
Copyright: 2016

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Ordered Regression Models: Parallel, Partial, and Non-Parallel Alternatives

By Andrew S. Fullerton and Jun Xu
Copyright: 2016

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Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling, Fourth Edition

By Rex B. Kline
Copyright: 2016

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Introduction to Stata
July 8–August 19, 2016 $95.00
Statistical Graphics Using Stata
July 8–August 19, 2016 $150.00
Introduction to Stata Programming
July 8–August 19, 2016 $150.00
Writing Your Own Stata Commands
July 15–September 2, 2016 $175.00
Univariate Time Series with Stata
July 15–September 2, 2016 $295.00
Introduction to Panel Data Using Stata
July 15–August 26, 2016 $295.00
Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata
July 15–September 2, 2016 $295.00

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Public training

Using Stata Effectively: Data Management, Analysis, and Graphics Fundamentals
May 24–25, 2016
June 20–21, 2016
Regression Modeling Using Stata
June 22, 2016 $695
Panel-Data Analysis Using Stata
June 23–24, 2016 $1,295
Regression Modeling Using Stata AND Panel-Data Analysis Using Stata
June 22–24, 2016 $1,795

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2016 Stata Users Group meeting
Aguascalientes, Mexico
(Program available)
May 18
2016 German Stata Users Group meeting
Cologne, Germany
(Program available)
June 10
2016 Belgian Stata Users Group meeting
Brussels, Belgium September 6
2016 London Stata Users Group meeting
London, UK September 8–9
2016 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting
Oslo, Norway September 13
2016 Oceania Stata Users Group meeting
Sydney, Australia September 29–30
2016 Spanish Stata Users Group meeting
Barcelona, Spain October 20
2016 Swiss Stata Users Group meeting
Bern, Switzerland November 17
2016 Italian Stata Users Group meeting
Rome, Italy November 17–18

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

Three of this year's ICPSR courses are taught by StataCorp and will be of particular interest to Stata users.

Handling Missing Data Using Multiple Imputation in Stata
Rose Medeiros, Senior Statistician
July 6–8, 2016

Structural Equation Modeling with Stata
Kristin MacDonald, Asst. Director of Statistical Services
July 18–20, 2016

Multilevel and Mixed Models Using Stata
Rose Medeiros, Senior Statistician
July 26–29, 2016

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