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Using Stata effectively: The fundamentals


Gain a comprehensive understanding of four key elements in Stata: data management, statistical analysis, graphics, and reproducible reporting. Designed for both beginners and users seeking to increase their proficiency, this course equips you with the fundamentals for working efficiently in Stata. By the end of the course, you will be able to import, clean and manage your data, perform basic analyses and visualize results, create customized graphics, and write dynamic reports using Stata.

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Course topics

  • Introduction to Stata
    • Navigating the interface
    • Customizing preferences
    • Staying organized and keeping track of your work
    • Locating and installing community-contributed extensions
  • How to work in Stata
    • Using the menu systems and dialog boxes
    • Programming interactively with the Command window
    • Creating reproducible scripts in the Do-file Editor
  • Data management
    • Importing diverse datasets
    • Working in Stata's Data Editor
    • Manipulating different data types: numeric, categorical, strings, dates and times
    • Merging datasets strategically
  • Statistical analysis
    • Using estimation commands to fit models and test hypotheses
    • Using postestimation commands to interpret results, make predictions, and posthoc comparisons
    • Handling interactions and categorical variables
  • Graphics
    • Creating basic plots: histograms, scatterplots, bar graphs
    • Constructing more complex visualizations
    • Combining and overlaying plots
    • Working with Stata's Graph Editor
  • Reproducible reporting
    • Generating publication-quality tables
    • Writing dynamic reports that incorporate Stata results, graphics, and tables

The above lists are not exhaustive. They are meant to give an idea of the level and scope of each topic.


  • Basic computer skills
  • The course is taught using Stata. It is appropriate for those who already own Stata and for those who are considering purchasing or upgrading. There is no requirement that the user already own a Stata license.


This course is available in-person or virtually. In-person training courses generally run for eight hours per day and include morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break. Virtual training courses are typically divided into three- to four-hour daily sessions. You can arrange a convenient schedule with your instructor.

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