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Re: st: Summer North American Stata Users Group meetings

From   David Airey <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Summer North American Stata Users Group meetings
Date   Mon, 1 Sep 2008 08:53:37 -0500


We have a number of speakers with equal ingenuity I see. These are all great examples of how teachers of Stata might set up their materials. Come to think of it, they remind me now of Stas' (I think) regression tutorial that I saw way back when I used Stata 7. In any case, if one is teaching Stata to a class, building the materials this way (into the viewer) might be a good idea. What does Richard Williams think? Too much work for the teacher?


On Sep 1, 2008, at 2:40 AM, Ben Jann wrote:

I also did a number of SMCL talks, using a slightly different
approach, I think. See, for example,

1. Extract ZIP archive into a directory.
2. -cd- to the directory in Stata.
3. Type -help Essen07_jann-


On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 11:10 PM, Maarten buis <[email protected] > wrote:

--- David Airey <[email protected]> wrote:
Maarten Buis' presentation using Stata is a model one for teaching
something using Stata. He uses the viewer to show code and slides,
but hyperlinks in .do files to execute code, etc. Really effective.
There are of course bits and pieces of this approach in existing
help files, but here it is done more completely.
As much as I would like to take all the credit, honesty compells me to
say that I learned most of this from a presentation by Nick Cox at the
2007 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users' Group Meeting
( ), and he informed me that
he in turn learned most of it from a talk by Vince Wiggins at the 2004
United Kingdom Stata Users' Group Meeting
( )

Although I like this way of presenting, it is not the most user
friendly way of distributing the presentation: the presentation
consists of a .zip file with 77 different files. To help make sense of
it, it does contain a readme.txt explaining where to get started, but
some have understandably overlooked that file and got lost. For that
reason I have copied the content of the readme.txt below:

================== begin readme.txt ========================
The following steps need to be taken in order to view this

1. Extract the files in the .zip file to a separate directory.
2. Start Stata
3. Use -cd- to change to directory where you extracted the files from
the .zip file.
4. Type -view mlbsnasug08.smcl-
=================== end readme.txt =========================

-- Maarten

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

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