Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 10:21:26 -0400
Reply-To: Joe McCrary <joe.mccrary@GADATA.ORG>
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From: Joe McCrary <joe.mccrary@GADATA.ORG>
Subject: Re: Comparison of Statistical Software
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Re: data transfers. I have had tremendous success with StatTransfer.
One other thing I like is that I can take a table of results from STATA and using the Copy Table command, paste results directly into Excel, which I can then very easily format into a Word document.
Yeah, the contributors can be rude on the STATA listserv. A lot of the comments that are sent back in response to queries are the equivalent of RTFM or do a search, silly. STATA does have a nice search facility which is built into it, and if you have a web connection it will do a net search of whatever you put in.
But I will say that I did get some tremendous help from some of the contributors on one of the chapters to my dissertation.
The other problem that I ran into using STATA is that it does not play as
nicely with other programs as SAS does. It took three of us at my old job a
few weeks to get STATA to accept and merge data sets from Access (no doubt
in part due to our relative lack of programming skills).
Finally, having been subscribed to the STATA listserv on more than one
occasion, I found the quality of discussion to be significantly lower than
on SAS-L. Many of the contributors I found to be unhelpful and downright
rude at times. I almost never found the degree of helpful responses I find
here, even if most of my use of SAS-L for help is merely picking tips out of
Of course, these opinions are solely my own.
Take care all. Joe