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st: Re: Fwd: Interview questions for Stata programmer

From   nshephard <>
Subject   st: Re: Fwd: Interview questions for Stata programmer
Date   Wed, 8 Sep 2010 00:30:25 -0700 (PDT)

Salah Mahmud wrote:
> The job description involves developing scripts to pull data from
> large Oracle databases, perform various statistical analyses
> (including calculating age-standardized rates etc) and generate
> "printer-ready" reports. In addition, they will be required to carry
> out ad hoc statistical analyses (eg, fitting GLM to data, survival
> analysis etc).

Why not ask the person who has provided this description for advice on such
"technical aspects and statistical analyses with Stata."?

Besides unless the interview panel are well versed in Stata and its
programming (and if they are why the need to ask this question here?), then
the responses will mean nothing to them.  So, rather than asking questions
why not have a short task to complete in Stata such as extracting some data
from a database, getting the data into Stata and fitting a GLM.

Just a thought,

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