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Re: st: RE: RE: RE: list subjects with a similar value

From   "Neil Shephard" <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: RE: list subjects with a similar value
Date   Thu, 23 Mar 2006 10:17:07 +0800

On 3/23/06, Michael McCulloch <> wrote:
> Thank you Neil. Are there resources for systematic and efficient "best
> practices" in do-file colding, that beginning Stata users can emulate and
> integrate into their own work?

There are a number of ways of learning Stata...

* The first port of call should probably be the Useres Manual (Chapter
18) and/or the Programmers Manual.

* Stata's built in help, -findit programming- leads to innumerable hits.

* Stata Netcourse's are run regularly throughout the year, and whilst
I've never attended one, I have heard very good things about these.

* Nick Cox's excellent series "Speaking Stata" in the Stata Journal
has many lucid insight's and advice.

* I've picked up innumerable tips and code snippets simply from being
subscribed to statalist and reading others posts.

* Another place to look is the code for actual do-files (simply type
-which [command]- to find out if a command is implemented as a do-file
and if so where it is located).  You mileage with these will vary as
the degree of comments in an ado-file is down to the author and as a
consequence some of the code appears somewhat obfuscated to the
untrained.  (Have a look in the archives for "SSC activity" for
details of some of the popular user contributed packages, and their



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