Stata is a software that combines hundreds of different statistical tools into one user interface. Everything from data management to statistical analysis to publication-quality graphics is supported... by Stata.
Stata has been used by hundreds of thousands of individual researchers for more than thirty years. It's optimized for a huge variety of different research fields, including education, biostatistics, behavioral sciences, finances, medical research, sociology, and political science. The software can break down and organize research in hundreds of different ways.
Stata prides itself on being accurate, fast, and easy to use. There's a point-and-click interface as well as an intuitive command syntax. All of the software's analyses can be easily reproduced and documented for your publication and review. There is a version control aspect which ensures your scripts will produce the same results regardless of the time they were written.
Hundreds of statistical tools are available with Stata. Standard analysis methods are a staple, including linear regression, cluster analysis, choice modeling, sample selection, and more. Advanced techniques are also implemented, including multilevel models, structural equation modeling, treatment effects, survey data, and survival models.
Stata utilizes data management features in order to allow you total control over all of your data. You can combine datasets, collect group statistics, and manage variables. You can work with a huge number of different variables. The advanced tools are optimized for managing specialized data like time-series data, survival/duration data, categorical data, and multilevel data.
Stata makes it easy to create distinctly styled, publication-quality graphics. Creating a custom graph is as easy as pointing and clicking. You can also write scripts that can produce thousands of reproducible graphs. It's possible to export your graphs to TIF or EPS for publication, as well as to SVG and PNG for the web, and finally to PDF for basic viewing.
All of the data management features has been fully documented, explained, and shown in practice. You can access data documentation using the help feature, which will sort through over 14,000 documented pages to find the content you're looking for. In addition, technical support from Stata is free for registered users.
Stata is available for multiple platforms. It runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac computers. The licenses are not platform specific, so you can run the software on two different platform types with only one license, rather than needing to buy two. Read moreless