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RE: st: Data Entry

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: Data Entry
Date   Tue, 5 Aug 2008 18:15:06 +0100

First off, "data entry" may not mean exactly the same to all. 

Does that mean that you -- or someone else -- is typing data directly
into a program? 
(i.e. data do not already exist as some file or files)

Does that mean that data values are checked at time of input and users
are prompted immediately for unacceptable values? If the latter, then
you may well need something outside Stata. 

Otherwise, my position on this on this is eccentric: I like using Stata
for data entry into Stata. I then have no problems of file readability,
conversion, etc. 

A simple example is trying to re-create problems mentioned on Statalist
with example data that people give in their postings. Some combination
of data editor, do-file editor, and -split- usually gets their examples
into Stata without undue effort. 

[email protected] 

Angel Pita-Duque

I have used SPSS to entry data to Stata. I have found it useful since it

is the midpoint between Excel and Access. SPSS is more friendly than 
Access and less error prone than Excel.

Svend Juul 

Yes, I think EpiData is what you need. You can download it for free from I wrote a short intoduction at

Eduardo Palencia

Is there any data entry utility that you recommend for analysis with
STATA? Something more convenient than excel or access?

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