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st: RE: experience with STATA for student use

From   "Verkuilen, Jay" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: experience with STATA for student use
Date   Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:27:21 -0400

I use it in my classes. It's great for categorical and sufficient for
psychometrics, though the factor analysis program is missing some things
I consider to be important (standard errors, the ability to analyze a
covariance matrix). Unfortunately there are a lot of SPSS users and
computer phobes (the Venn diagram of those two sets has substantial
overlap), and the resistance from them to Stata (or anything but SPSS)
can be... irritating. 

Interestingly enough, I had one student who had pretty much forgotten
how to use SPSS and decided when she took my class that Stata was easier
than she remembered SPSS to be. :) 

We're using it on a network install. I know a few students have bought
their own copies. 

If anyone has good, simple instructions on how to save ado files to a
local install let me know. I'd like to pass it on to the students. 

J. Verkuilen
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
City University of New York-Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Office: (212) 817-8286 
FAX: (212) 817-1516
Cell: (217) 390-4609

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