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Using Stata for Data Work

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James Ng
University of Notre Dame

Stata is a leading statistical software package in the social sciences. Although not free, it has many of the hallmarks of open source software such as a user-contributed repository of add-on modules, an active community of users, and numerous third party-run online guides and tutorials. Stata arguably strikes perhaps the best balance between sophistication and usability among all statistical software packages.

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to some of the ways Stata is used in empirical research in the social sciences. Participants will work through a series of exercises using data in commonly encountered formats. Many of the exercises will involve reproducing tables and graphs from scratch. Topics to be covered include reading data, cleaning data, manipulating data, combining data, and using the help system. Attention will be paid to reproducibility of results, which means that participants will be writing scripts in a do-file. Detailed notes will be provided to each participant for reference.

This workshop's target audience is social science librarians and other data service professionals. By the end of the workshop, participants should have gained enough familiarity with Stata to be able to start using it independently and to provide more in-depth help to their patrons who use Stata.

This is not a workshop in statistical methods, hence no knowledge of statistics is assumed. No knowledge of programming is required.

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