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st: RE: A Thought

From   "Martin Weiss" <>
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Subject   st: RE: A Thought
Date   Mon, 5 May 2008 12:00:22 +0200


if it is true that StataCorp depends on the manuals for a significant share
of their profits, then do not expect them to surrender this position
voluntarily. As a matter of fact, you buy the entire range of manuals the
first time you purchase Stata. Subsequently, you skip one release where you
contend with only the base manual set: the changes from one release to
another are not as dramatic as to justify purchasing the whole range after
only two years. In any event, changes to commands can be undone with the
-version- statement, and the online help shipped with Stata has also been

Martin Weiss

Diplom-Kaufmann Martin Weiss
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Room 415
72074 Tuebingen

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Raphael Fraser
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 5:53 AM
Subject: st: A Thought

Message to Stata

What I am about to say may sound a bit out of the ordinary but here goes.

Along with each release of Stata comes Stata Manuals. These manuals
are essential for Stata programmers and others but can prove costly
for some. In addtion to selling print versions of the manuals, why not
make its contents freely available online? Why would Stata want to do
this? I think there is a large group of non-Stata programmers and
other users that would benefit from this. For example. there are SAS
and R programmers who would consider adding Stata to their programming
tool kit. Making the manuals available on-line would indeed reduce
"learning frustration" and make it much easier for those who
contemplate switching. Or for those wanting to switch.

What are YOUR thoughts?

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