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Stata is statistical software from StataCorp that is commonly used by economists, political scientists, and others in academia. Stata is considered to be more powerful than SPSS with excellent syntax and programming capabilities, though not necessarily as flexible as SAS and R. People who know Stata often prefer it over SPSS and SAS because of the balance between difficulty and power. However, it is used far less than the other statistical softwares.

- Purchase Stata/BE ( offers 6 mos, 1 yr, and perpetual licenses )
- Use the computer labs at the Arlington Campus
- 7-day Free Trial from Stata Corp.
- Use the Digital Scholarship Center Lab in Fenwick Library (has Stata 17/SE)
- On the Citrix Virtual Lab (more instructions)
- For Big Data: ORC's Hopper Cluster

Stata tutorials from the **Social Science Computing Cooperative (SSCC)** are the best way to learn Stata for most people.

**Introduction to Stata**- Covers the crucial fundamental concepts in Stata, whether it is your first time or not. .- There are
**videos**AND**text with screenshots**as you prefer and you can and should**follow along**with the instructions. - Using Stata, Structure of a Stata Data Set, Elements of Stata Syntax, Do Files, Statistics, Creating and Changing Variables

- There are

Other Learning Paths

For **undergraduate **students who just have to get through an **introductory **class, the text tutorials:

**Stata for Students**for lessons on Do Files, Interface, Data, Commands, Comments, Creating Variables and Labels, Graphs, Reading Data, Descriptive Statistics, Graphs, t-tests, Scatterplots, Correlations, and more.

For data preparation, see the Videos & Text tutorials:

**Data Wrangling in Stata**- Walks through the Review, Reading in Data, First Steps, Variable Transformations, Hierarchical Data, Restructuring, Combining, Project Management- Check out
**other tutorials**, including Stata Programming Essentials, Stata Programming Tools, and Other Stata Topics

**Getting Started Manuals**– StataCorp (or type "help gs" in the Command Window)- Great introductory textbook with a
**moderate-pace**follow-along introduction. **Videos:**Stata's YouTube Channel has videos on almost everything. See Getting Started (~30min)

- Great introductory textbook with a
- Getting Started: Stata – Oscar Torres-Reyna, Princeton University
- Collection of easy-to-follow tutorials
**varying**in length and complexity

- Collection of easy-to-follow tutorials
- Stata Tutorial by German Rodriguez, Princeton University
- A
**fast-paced**introduction to Stata, with sections on Data Management, Graphics, and Programming

- A

- Internet Guide to Stata - Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer
- Quickly look up a short example and explanation for both basic and advanced tasks in this well organized guide.

- Fundamentals of Data Analysis and Visualization -- Geocenter
- Handy, but dense, printable Cheat Sheets

- Handy, but dense, printable Cheat Sheets

**Videos:**Introduction to Econometrics with Stata - 19 x ~10min videos ( SebastianWaiEcon)- Regressions and other standard Econometrics videos
- Tables in Stata with estout (12 min)

**Videos**: 11 Useful Tips for Regression Analysis (LinkedIn Learning)- Factor Variables 6min , Missing Data 6min

- A Practical Introduction to Stata (pdf) – Mark E. McGovern
- Starts with the basics then covers regressions, time series, and other tools of
**econometric**analysis

- Starts with the basics then covers regressions, time series, and other tools of
- Sample setups for commonly used
**survey**data sets from UCLA ATS- See also from Stata the Survey Data Reference Manual and Survey data analysis in Stata

- Many additional articles from Stata staff and other users in:
- The Stata Journal, The Stata Blog, Stata Listserver, or in materials from User Group Meetings

See more about the theory and interpretation of statistical tests in our Data Analysis & Statistics InfoGuide

**NYU's Quantitative Analysis Guide** - Look-up table to choose a statistical test

Links directly to relevant pages in the following useful resources

**StataCorp**(can type help in the Command Window)- See also the longer, book-like pdf
**Documentation**which is focused on**syntax**but also reports menu locations - See also:
**Video Tutorials**from StataCorp which Demonstrates**point-and-click**and show syntax - See also FAQs & Resources and Support

- See also the longer, book-like pdf
- Laerd Statistics
- ~$5 a month; some content free if accessed through searches or links
- Although focused on SPSS, they have Stata versions of over a dozen medium-length articles which include both
**point-and-click**and**syntax**instructions - Intended for
**beginners**, but appropriate for all; covers both analysis and data management skills - Comprehensive and detailed, covering use, assumptions, setup, output, and write-up in plain language

- UCLA ATS Statistical Computing-Stata
- Text-only
**syntax**instructions demonstrate appropriate analysis and interpretation - Resources
**vary in length**from short annotated outputs to long seminar notes - Focuses on an
**intermediate/advanced**audience and topics - Go to Examples and Annotated Output

- Text-only
- Reed Psychology's Stata instructional site
- Screenshot-heavy
**moderate-length**tutorials on everything from basic to advanced skills

- Screenshot-heavy

- Stata Highlights for Statistical Analysis by Richard Williams, Notre Dame Sociology
- Complete examples for preparing and evaluating general analysis types

- Statistical Modeling with Stata by Mark Lunt
- Lecture notes, exercises, and solutions for an intermediate statistics course covering various regression models.

- Methods/STATA Manual by Alison Johnston for the School of Public Policy, Oregon State University
- 200+ pg comprehensive guide to statistical analysis in STATA
- From basic descriptives to Multinomial Logistic Regression

- Submit
`help`**command**in the Command Window to get details on any command - The Stata Bible 2.0 – Covers the basic syntax that a
**programmer**would want to know [Dawn L. Teele, Yale's StatLab] - Stata also allows
**Community-Contributed commands**(How to add & List of Sources)

- From SAS: SAS code matched to Stata code & A SAS User's Guide to Stata
- From SPSS: How do I do this SPSS command in Stata

Examples with syntax

**Visual overview for creating graphs**– Stata- Tips - Stata Graphs from Survey Design and Analysis Services
- Speaking Stata Graphics by Nicholas J. Cox
- See also: Stata Plots & BloxPlots
- Speaking Stata from the Stata Journal

- Stata Plots and Stata Learning Modules from UCLA ATS

Additional Tutorials

- Stata Manual: Introduction to Graphics and Graphics Reference Manual
- Videos: Creating graphs in Stata Playlist at YouTube from StataCorp
- An Introduction to Stata Graphics from SSCC (uses the menus)
- A visual guide to Stata graphics by Michael N. Mitchell (Availability at Fenwick Library)

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