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Thirty Years with Stata: A Retrospective

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ISBN 13 978-1-59718-172-3
Pages 147
Copyright 2015
Book type Paperback

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This volume is a sometimes serious and sometimes whimsical retrospective of Stata, its development, and its use over the last 30 years.

The view from the inside opens with an essay by Bill Gould, Stata's president and cofounder, that discusses the challenges and concepts that guided the design and implementation of Stata. This is followed by an interview of Bill by Joe Newton that discusses Bill's early interest in computing, his early work on a program for matching prom dates in the days when you had to purchase time on computers, and further exploration of the guiding principles behind Stata. Finally, Sean Becketti, Stata's first employee, delves into the not-to-be-missed culture of Stata in its infancy.

The view from the outside comprises 14 essays by prominent researchers and members of the Stata community. Most discuss Stata's use and evolution in disciplines such as behavioral sciences, business, economics, epidemiology, time series, political science, public health, public policy, veterinary epidemiology, and statistics. Some take a sweeping overview. Others are more intimate personal recollections.

Mostly, we simply wanted to celebrate the relationship between Stata users and Stata software. We hope that this volume holds something interesting for everyone.
Preface

I. A vision from inside

1. Initial thoughts
   W. Gould


2. A conversation with William Gould
   H.J. Newton
  • 2.1 Beginnings of Stata
  • 2.2 Learning computing skills
  • 2.3 The CRC
  • 2.4 The arrival of Bill Rogers on the scene
  • 2.5 The birth of ado-files
  • 2.6 The move to Texas
  • 2.7 How new Stata features happen
  • 2.8 The Stata Journal
  • 2.9 Modern StataCorp

3. In at the creation
   S. Becketti


II A vision from outside

4. Then and now
   S. Becketti
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Stata, then and now
  • 4.3 Time-series analysis, then and now
  • 4.4 Rocket science, then and now
  • 4.5 Plus ça change
  • 4.6 About the author

5. 25 years of Statistics with Stata
   L. Hamilton
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 A brief history
  • 5.3 Examples in Statistics with Stata
  • 5.4 Future editions
  • 5.5 About the author

6. Stata's contribution to epidemiology
   S. J. W. Evans and P. Royston
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 Epidemiology and Stata
  • 6.3 The future
  • 6.4 About the authors

7. The evolution of veterinary epidemiology
   I. R. Dohoo
  • 7.1 History of veterinary epidemiology
  • 7.2 Development of quantitative veterinary epidemiology
  • 7.3 Distinctive aspects of veterinary epidemiology
  • 7.4 Use of Stata in veterinary epidemiology
  • 7.5 About the author

8. On learning introductory biostatistics and Stata
   M. Pagano
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Teaching the course
    • 8.2.1 Variability
    • 8.2.2 Inference
    • 8.2.3 Probability
    • 8.2.4 Data quality
  • 8.3 Conclusion
  • 8.4 Acknowledgments
  • 8.5 About the author

9. Stata and public health in Ohio
   T. Sahr
  • 9.1 Introduction
  • 9.2 Stata distributed to Ohio counties
  • 9.3 Local public health analytical personnel disparity
  • 9.4 Training partnership with Stata
  • 9.5 Scope of trainings partnership
  • 9.6 Impact of the trainings
  • 9.7 Future goals
  • 9.8 About the author

10. Statistics research and Stata in my life
     P. A. Lachenbruch
  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 My career using Stata
  • 10.3 About the author

11. Public policy and Stata
     S. P. Jenkins
  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 The credibility revolution in public policy analysis
  • 11.3 A broader view of what counts as valuable public policy analysis
  • 11.4 What is it about Stata?
  • 11.5 Acknowledgments
  • 11.6 About the author

12. Microeconometrics and Stata over the past 30 years
     A. C. Cameron
  • 12.1 Introduction
  • 12.2 Regression and Stata
  • 12.3 Empirical research and Stata
  • 12.4 About the author

13. Stata enabling state-of-the-art research in accounting, business, and finance
     D. Christodoulou
  • 13.1 Introduction
  • 13.2 Data on software citations and impact
  • 13.3 Earning market share
    • 13.3.1 Stata 7
    • 13.3.2 Interface and code overhaul
    • 13.3.3 Longitudinal panel-data analysis
    • 13.3.4 Time-series analysis
    • 13.3.5 Other key methods
  • 13.4 Wishes and grumbles
  • 13.5 Conclusion
  • 13.6 About the author
  • A. Appendix

14. Stata and political science
     G. D. Whitten and C. Wimpy
  • 14.1 Introduction
  • 14.2 Acknowledgment
  • 14.3 About the authors

15. New tools for psychological researchers
     S. Soldz
  • 15.1 Introduction
  • 15.2 Choosing Stata
  • 15.3 About the author

16. History of Stata
     N. J. Cox
  • 16.1 Introduction
  • 16.2 Californian creation
  • 16.3 Texan transpose
  • 16.4 Onwards and upwards
  • 16.5 Pervasive principles
  • 16.6 Acknowledgments
  • 16.7 About the author
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