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Teaching Stata—some reflections after 8 years of training experiences Karen Robson York University

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Teaching Software First World Bank ‘mission’ to Bosnia Herzegovina in 2001 to teach a course to government workers Five courses over three years Similar training given to Statistical Institute employees in Tirana, Albania

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Asked by Office for National Statistics to demonstrate features to employees

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Format 3.5 hours a day over 5 days First hour: ‘lecture’/demonstration Rest of time: working on exercises, gone over at beginning of next class Support staff: one teaching assistant (usually an economics PhD student)

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Topics for Intro Day 1 –Windowing in Stata –Creating a “do file” –Directories –Log files –Opening a data file –Codebook –Obtaining summary statistics –Creating variables –Frequency distributions –Dummy variables –Labeling variables –Exporting tables –Day 1 Exercises –Closing your log file –Saving your data

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Day 2 –Building a do file –Sorting data –Conditional crosstabulations –Correlations –T-tests –Analysis of Variance –Factor analysis –Creating a Scale –Day 2 Exercises

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Day 3 –Graphing –Histograms –Pie charts –Scatterplots –Day 3 Exercises (Part 1) –Nonparametric techniques –Mann Whitney U-test –Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test –The Kruskall-Wallis H-test –Spearman’s rho –Day 3 Exercises (Part 2)

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Day 4 –_n and _N –Listing cases –Regression –Logistic regression –Quantile Regression –Weights –Day 4 Exercises

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Day 5 –Handling longitudinal data –Merging data –Merging files of different levels (hierarchical data structures) –Creating variables out of different levels of data –Day 5 Exercises

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Intermediate Programming SESSION 1: FORMING DATASETS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF AGGREGATION session1.do Exercise for Session 1 EXTRA STUFF FOR KEENERS SESSION 2: MERGING DATA session2.do Exercise for Session 2 EXTRA STUFF FOR KEENERS

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SESSION 3: HOW TO CREATE A PANEL DATA session3.do Exercise for Session 3 session3_exercise.do EXTRA STUFF FOR KEENERS SESSION 4: LOOPS AND LOCAL MACROS Example of the use of a loop and local macro session4.do: Exercise for Session 4 EXTRA STUFF FOR KEENERS SESSION 5: VARIOUS LAST DAY TOPICS Multilevel modelling in Stata

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Things I’m always asked I do ________________ in SPSS. How do I do it in Stata? Why don’t we just use the drop-down windows? Why is labelling variables so complicated? Why can’t I leave the data window open when I run commands?

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Things I am always asked: I heard you can do [insert something really complicated here] in Stata? When you have a couple minutes, can you show us how to do: –Multilevel modelling –Cluster analysis –Propensity Score Matching

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Things I am always asked: I need to write my PhD thesis. I have this data. What should I do? What is a p value? How do I make sense of my factor analysis? (subtext: you can’t be serious)

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New Projects Stata vs. SPSS manuscript

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