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Re: st: Automatic fit of distribution

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Automatic fit of distribution
Date   Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:52:38 +0100

"able" is the key  word here.

There are programs for other statistical software environments that
purport to do this, but so far Stata programmers have taken the line
that distribution fitting is best done by identifying possible
individual families of distribution and fitting them, using judgment
and experience.

I see no reason why equivalents of more general programs could not be
written in Stata, but I am not aware of one. I can think of several
reasons for being sceptical or suspicious of any program claiming to
do this.


On 10 July 2013 07:35, arni1990 <> wrote:
> Hello, I'm a student from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. I'm totally
> new to stata.
> My task is to find the best fit distribution of different data sets. Is
> stata able to do automatic distribution fitting?
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