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st: RE: why STATA

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: why STATA
Date   Thu, 30 Oct 2003 19:04:52 -0000

It's difficult to improve on the statement 
of features at
and elsewhere on the Stata Corp website. 

Also, as a statistically minded person, you'll 
know that a survey of opinions on this point 
should include other user groups. For example, 
discussion lists on S and R include various 
sharp comments directed against Stata, some 
of which come from people who do use it as 
alternative to their favourite, just as this list
includes digs at SPSS, SAS etc. You have to 
say what kind of user you are to get good advice
on what might be best for you. 

My own very personal and partial summary 
includes this: 

1. Stata as a mix of provided commands 
and a programming language gives an 
excellent balance for researchers. This
isn't unique of course, and fans of other 
software could make the same claim, 
and correctly. 

2. Stata's commitment to quality 
control is higher than any other software
company I know about. Find one small 
mistake or imperfection and they want 
to know and will correct it as fast as 
possible. In the short, middle and especially 
long run this really counts. Perhaps that 
should really be #1. 

[email protected] 

(P.S. I have some vested interests too, 
as Executive Editor, Stata Journal.) 

          Can any one give me an idea why Stata should be 
> preferred for
> analyzing all sort of survey data?
>          What are its superiority to other available packages?

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