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Stata YouTube channel announced!

StataCorp now provides free tutorial videos on StataCorp’s YouTube channel,

http://www.youtube.com/user/statacorp

There are 24 videos providing 1 hour 51 minutes of instructional entertainment:

Stata Quick Tour (5:47)
Stata Quick Help (2:47)
Stata PDF Documentation (6:37)

Stata One-sample t-test (3:43)
Stata t-test for Two Independent Samples (5:09)
Stata t-test for Two Paired Samples (4:42)

Stata Simple Linear Regression (5:33)

Stata SEM Builder (8:09)
Stata One-way ANOVA (5:15)
Stata Two-way ANOVA (5:57)

Stata Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient (3:29)
Stata Pearson’s Chi2 and Fisher’s Exact Test (3:16)

Stata Box Plots (4:04)
Stata Basic Scatterplots (5:19)
Stata Bar Graphs (4:15)
Stata Histograms (4:50)
Stata Pie Charts (5:32)

Stata Descriptive Statistics (5:49)

Stata Tables and Crosstabulations (7:20)
Stata Combining Crosstabs and Descriptives (5:58)

Stata Converting Data to Stata with Stat/Transfer (2:47)
Stata Import Excel Data (1:33)
Stata Excel Copy/Paste (1:16)
Stata Example Data Included with Stata (2:14)

And more are forthcoming.

 

The inside story

Alright, that’s the official announcement.

Last Friday, 21 September 2012, was an exciting day here at StataCorp. After a couple of years of “wouldn’t it be cool if”, and a couple of months of “we’re almost there”, Stata’s YouTube channel was finally ready for prime time.

Stata’s YouTube Channel was the brainchild of Karen Strope, StataCorp’s Director of Marketing, but I had something to do with it, too. Well, maybe more than something, but I’m a modest guy. Anyway, I thought it sounded like fun and recorded a few prototype videos. Annette Fett, StataCorp’s Graphic Designer, added the cool splash-screen and after a few experiments, we soon had 24 Blu-ray resolution videos. We’ve kicked off with videos covering topics such as a tour of Stata’s interface, how to create basic graphs, how to conduct many common statistical analyses, and more.

My personal favorite is the video entitled Combining Crosstabs and Descriptives because it’s relevant to nearly all Stata users and works well as a video demonstration.

Videos about Stata – isn’t that like dancing about architecture?

Stata has over 9,000 pages of documentation included in PDF format, a built-in Help system, and a collection of books on general and special topics published by Stata Press, and an extensive collection of dialog boxes that make even the most complex graphs and analyses easy to perform.

So aren’t the videos, ahh, unnecessary?

The problem is, it’s cumbersome to describe how to use all of Stata’s features, especially dialog boxes, in a manual, even when you have 9,000 pages, and 9,000 pages tries even the most dedicated user’s patience.

In a 3-7 minutes video, we can show you how to create complicated graphs or a sophisticated structural equation model.

We have three audiences in mind.

  1. Videos for non-Stata users, whom we call future Stata users; videos intended to provide a loosely guided tour of Stata’s features.
  2. Videos for new Stata users, such as the person who might simply want to know “How do I calculate a twoway ANOVA in Stata?” or “How do I create a Pie Chart?”. These videos will get them up and running quickly and painlessly.
  3. Videos for experienced Stata users who want to learn new tips and tricks.

There’s actually a fourth group that’s of interest, too; experienced Stata users teaching statistics or data analysis classes, who don’t want to spend valuable class time showing their students how to use Stata. They can refer their students to the relevant videos as homework and thus free class time for the teaching of statistics.

Request for comments

One of the fun things about working at StataCorp is that management doesn’t much use the word “no”. New ideas are more often met with the phrase, “well, let’s try it and see what happens”. So I’m trying this. My plan is to add a couple of videos to the channel every week or two as time permits. I have a list of topics I’d like to cover including things like multiple imputation, survey analysis, mixed models, Stata’s “immediate” commands (tabi, ttesti, csi, cci, etc…), and more examples using the SEM Builder.

However, I will take requests. If you have a suggested topic or a future video, leave a comment.

I’d like to keep the videos brief, between 3-7 minutes, so please don’t request feature-length films like “How to do survival analysis in Stata”. Similarly, topics that are only interesting to you and your two post-docs such as “Please describe the difference between the Laplacian Approximation and Adaptive Gauss-Hermite Quadrature in the xtmepoisson command” are not likely to see the light of day. But I am very interested in your ideas for small, bite-sized topics that will work in a video format.

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  • AP

    Reshape. :-)

  • Nelson Salazar

    Finally!!!!!!! Please Please Please Please post a video where you explain how to interpret the coeficient of a binary exogenous variable on a ordered logistic regression

  • Sami Ameen

    Please record new videos at a lower resolution, because not all of us have FHD screens.
    Best

  • Carlos

    I can’t think of a video request right now, but am I the only one that finds the line “Similarly, topics that are only interesting to you and your two post-docs such as ‘Please describe the difference between the Laplacian Approximation and Adaptive Gauss-Hermite Quadrature in the xtmepoisson command’ are not likely to see the light of day” really funny?

  • Matt

    Anything on how to use Stata’s capabilities to visualise large (ideally panel) datasets would be really useful.

  • http://www.maartenbuis.nl Maarten Buis

    - A video on using the do-files and the do-file editor; pasting commands from the review window to a .do file; some comments on using .do files to perform reproducible research; making your .do files more readable with by adding comments, empty lines, and indentation; the possibility to call other .do files from within a .do file, so you can break up larger projects into smaller .do files and collect the smaller .do files in one master .do file.

    – A video on factor variables, choosing reference category (or leaving it out) and the consequences, creating polynomials.

    – (mulitple) video(s) on -margins- and -marginsplot-

    – A video on -contrast-

    – A video on what is available in the Stata community: SSC, SJ, Stata User’s meetings, Statalist

  • Chuck_Huber

    Thanks for the feedback Sami. Many people agreed with you so I have re-recorded all of the videos in 720p with a more eye-friendly font size. They are still produced at 1080p resolution so the video quality will look best if you match YouTube’s resolution to your monitor’s resolution – even up to 1080p.

  • Chuck_Huber

    Thanks Maarten – all excellent suggestions which are near the top of my to-do list. Stay tuned…..

  • Chuck_Huber

    I’m glad that someone appreciates my attempts at humor!

  • Chuck_Huber

    Stay tuned. :-)

  • Chuck_Huber

    The original 24 videos on the Stata YouTube Channel have been replaced with videos recorded at 720p resolution using more eye-friendly font sizes. The links in this blog have also been updated.

    While the response to the Stata YouTube Channel was overwhelmingly positive, the most frequent feedback I received was that the text was hard to read and that the icons were too small. I’ll spare you the story of the re-recording process but I think the new-and-improved videos are definitely worth the time spent. Though they are recorded at 720p resolution to make everything bigger, they are produced at 1080p resolution and look best when you match the YouTube video resolution to your monitor’s resolution – even up to 1080p. Check them out and see what you think.

  • Anwar

    Chuck, Can you please post video explaining/interpreting margins and margins plaot commands please

  • Michael N. Mitchell

    Chuck… these videos are awesome! Congratulations to you (and all who helped) for creating such friendly and inviting videos. As your posting suggests, I think there are many audiences who will enjoy these videos, including myself. Kudos! M.

  • Chuck_Huber

    Thanks for the very kind words Michael! Chuck

  • Christophe Kolodziejczyk

    An intro to Mata would be a must

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  • Leo Odongo

    So wonderful are these videos on STATA ,continue with the spirit and may God bless you immensely

  • Kay

    Brilliant tutorials, Thank you!
    Help on setting up survey data would be very useful. Also how to include 95%Confidence Intervals on graphs please?

  • Joseph Coveney

    I’d like to suggest a topic that takes Maarten’s first suggestion a step further: how about a video or blog post about Stata 13’s new Project capabilities in the do-file editor? My guess is that the folks at StataCorp are the most experienced with the new Project commands and could offer insider tips and practical advice as to how best to use them (perhaps in conjunction with a directory tree) to organize a user’s project-associated do-files and ado-files.