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Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist

From   Richard Williams <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist
Date   Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:32:17 -0500

There are a lot of user written routines that are better than Stata's
built in commands. More critically, I bet there are many cases where
Statacorp could rewrite the program more efficiently and keep it up to
date across new versions of Stata. I always say that my own programs
are slow but sure. Well, slow anyway.

But if Statacorp has to start paying royalties to Nick Cox, it is
either going to go bankrupt or will have to double the cost of its

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On Jan 7, 2013, at 12:23 PM, "Roger B. Newson" <> wrote:

> 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
> Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
> Lecturer in Medical Statistics
> Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
> National Heart and Lung Institute
> Imperial College London
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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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