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RE: st: Stata vs SPSS

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Stata vs SPSS
Date   Sun, 15 Oct 2006 17:00:35 +0100

Very general grumbles like this are unanswerable 
by StataCorp or by the community of user-programmers. 

Unsurprisingly every user wants a powerful system that 
does what they want, but even people who think their 
graphical needs are relatively simple usually turn 
out to want a great deal of flexibility, as much as 
that provided or even more so. 

What precisely is it that "really needs some attention"? 

Could we please see a wish list or even an example 
substantiating your criticisms? 


> "Stata has problem with output formatting and reports."
> I agree with this comment and the rest.  Stata graphics 
> capabilities,  
> in the sense that things CAN be done... with lines and lines of stata 
> commands and the odd way of needing to combine graphs  to 
> derive another 
> graph, are way too complex for relatively simple requests. I 
> think Stata 
> graphics as well as general output and formatting are areas  
> that really 
> need some attention. This has been discussed more than a few 
> times over 
> the past few years. Even with these problems, Stata's 
> capabilities and 
> strengths in so many other areas more than make up for the 
> deficiency in this area.

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