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Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist

From   "Roger B. Newson" <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist
Date   Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:22:36 +0000

A possible bonus, if Stata decided to buy out -metan-, is that the results saved by -metan- in -r()- might finally be publicized in the on-line help. At present, these results exist, but are unpublicized. This is IMHO a great pity, because I am sure a lot of users might like to store these results somewhere other than in the graphics output and/or the Stata log. (Apart from just me. I found these saved results VERY useful when mutually certifying -metan- with my own meta-analysis programs, which can be downloaded from SSC as part of the -parmest- and -parmhet- packages, and which save the same results in resultssets.)

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
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London SW3 6LR
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On 07/01/2013 16:23, Ronan Conroy wrote:

There are a number of areas where I think Statacorp should 'buy out' the developer. Chief among these is meta-analysis. A quick search of the literature reveals that Stata is more or less tied with RevMan (the Cochrane Collaboration's dedicated software) for frequency of citation in meta analytic papers, despite the fact that all of the meta analytic routines in Stata are user-written. Time to bring them under the hood, I think, and integrate them under a common command syntax.

Were I Statacorp, I would also buy out Nick Cox's -stripplot-, which is a real swiss army knife, as opposed to the bocky little gadget sold in gift shops.

Ronán Conroy
Associate Professor
Division of Population Health Sciences
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Beaux Lane House
Dublin 2

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