Thirty years with Stata: A Retrospective

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

Beginnings of Stata
Learning computing skills
The CRC
The arrival of Bill Rogers on the scene
The birth of ado-files
The move to Texas
How new Stata features happen
The Stata Journal
Modern StataCorp

 

3. IN AT THE CREATION

S. Becketti

 

II A VISION FROM OUTSIDE

 

4. THEN AND NOW
S. Becketti

Introduction
Stata, then and now
Time-series analysis, then and now
Rocket science, then and now
Plus ça change
About the author

 

5. 25 YEARS OF STATISTICS WITH STATA
L. Hamilton

Introduction
A brief history
Examples in Statistics with Stata
Future editions
About the author

 

6. STATA’S CONTRIBUTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY
S. J. W. Evans and P. Royston

Introduction
Epidemiology and Stata
The future
About the authors

7. THE EVOLUTION OF VETERINARY EPIDEMIOLOGY
I. R. Dohoo

History of veterinary epidemiology
Development of quantitative veterinary epidemiology
Distinctive aspects of veterinary epidemiology
Use of Stata in veterinary epidemiology
About the author

8. ON LEARNING INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS AND STATA
M. Pagano

Introduction
Teaching the course

Variability
Inference
Probability
Data quality

Conclusion
Acknowledgments
About the author

 

9. STATA AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN OHIO
T. Sahr

Introduction
Stata distributed to Ohio counties
Local public health analytical personnel disparity
Training partnership with Stata
Scope of trainings partnership
Impact of the trainings
Future goals
About the author

 

10. STATISTICS RESEARCH AND STATA IN MY LIFE
P. A. Lachenbruch

Introduction
My career using Stata
About the author

 

11. PUBLIC POLICY AND STATA
S. P. Jenkins

Introduction
The credibility revolution in public policy analysis
A broader view of what counts as valuable public policy analysis
What is it about Stata?
Acknowledgments
About the author

 

12. MICROECONOMETRICS AND STATA OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS
A. C. Cameron

Introduction
Regression and Stata
Empirical research and Stata
About the author

 

13. STATA ENABLING STATE-OH-THE-ART RESEARCH IN ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS, AND FINANCE 
D. Christodoulou

Introduction
Data on software citations and impact
Earning market share

Stata 7
Interface and code overhaul
Longitudinal panel-data analysis
Time-series analysis
Other key methods

Wishes and grumbles
Conclusion
About the author

Appendix

 

14. STATA AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
G. D. Whitten and C. Wimpy

Introduction
Acknowledgment
About the authors

 

15. NEW TOOLS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCHERS
S. Soldz

Introduction
Choosing Stata
About the author

 

16. HISTORY OF STATA
N. J. Cox

Introduction
Californian creation
Texan transpose
Onwards and upwards
Pervasive principles
Acknowledgments
About the author

Author: Enrique Pinzon
ISBN-13: 978-1-59718-172-3
©Copyright: 2015
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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.