Stata is a full-featured statistical programming language for Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, and Linux. It can be considered a “stat package,” like SAS, SPSS, RATS, or eViews. Stata is advertised as having three major strengths: data manipulation, statistics, and graphics. Stata is an excellent tool for data manipulation: moving data from external sources into the program, cleaning it up, generating new variables, generating summary data sets, merging data sets and checking for merge errors, collapsing cross–section time–series data on either of its dimensions, reshaping data sets from “long” to “wide”... In this context, Stata is an excellent program for answering ad hoc questions about any aspect of the data. Stata graphics have been extensively improved and enhanced in version 8. They are excellent tools for exploratory data analysis, and can produce high–quality 2-D publication-quality graphics in several dozen different forms.

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