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Re: st: RE: why STATA

From   Nick Winter <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: RE: why STATA
Date   Thu, 30 Oct 2003 19:13:57 -0500

At 04:19 PM 10/30/2003 -0500, you wrote:
Stata's strength is that you get a comprehensive stats package, including
survey facilities, in one powerful, reasonably-priced, sanely-licensed
package written by a highly responsive, user-oriented company. It is a
general purpose package, not a single purpose, dedicated survey package.
Stata's survey facilities will get you through almost any survey analyses,
but it would be somewhat unreasonable to expect Stata to do everything that
the best single purpose survey packages can do. If you want a comparison of
everything Stata can do versus everything each of the single-purpose survey
packages can do, the respective lists are long, so you'll have to check out
each website individually (try Westat and SUDAAN). Stata's capabilities are
listed here:
I write to note that if your need is for complex survey methods, that official Stata does not include replication-based methods (which SUDAAN and Westvar do). However, my -svr- package adds BRR and Jackknife capabilities.

--Nick Winter

Nicholas Winter
Assistant Professor
Department of Government
Cornell University
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