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RE: st: Stata vs SPSS

From   "roy wada" <>
Subject   RE: st: Stata vs SPSS
Date   Mon, 16 Oct 2006 08:06:41 -0400

Compared to SAS/SPSS, Stata has not penetrated the private sector.

Although it may come as a bit of surprise given Stata's analytical power, the lack of market penetration telling us something. It is highly doubtful that anyone or any company in business would consistently fail to make use of something that would give them advantage over their competition. If hiring a Stata programmer would help them make more money, they would have done so already.

The fact that Stata is not well positioned for the business market. There is no point in doing fancy things when the data is dirty and incomplete. The only good thing about the business data is its sheer size. Unfortunately, Stata is not equipped to handle a large data with billions of data points.

In other words, the major advanage of Stata (analytical power) is irrelevant and its major disadvantage (size limitation) is proving to be critical in business. The demand for Stata is still out there, of course, but only with smaller data and not with the large data (and the large money) associated with large corporations.

The lack of printer-ready outputs is probably less important to Stata, given that it should have been fixed if the Stata Corp (which is also a competitive firm) thought it important enough. The capacity for printer-ready outputs would be nice, but it probably would not improve Stata's strategic position relative to SAS/SPSS, for whom the ability to make printer-ready outputs would be complimentary with their existing business model.

Incidiently, many end users of SAS/SPSS readily agree that Stata dominates SAS/SPSS when it comes to analysis.

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