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Our users’ favorite commands

We recently had a contest on our Facebook page. To enter, contestants posted their favorite Stata command, feature, or just a post telling us why they love Stata. Contestants then asked their friends, colleagues, and fellow Stata users to vote for their entry by ‘Like’-ing the post. The prize, a copy of Stata/MP 12 (8-core).

The response was overwhelming! We enjoyed reading all the reasons why users love Stata so much, we wanted to share them with you.

The contest question was:

Do you have a favorite command or feature in Stata? What about a memorable experience when using the software? Post your favorite command, feature, or experience in the comments section of this post. Then, get your friends to “like” your comment. The person with the most “likes” by March 13, 2012, wins. The winner will receive a single-user copy of Stata/MP8 12 with PDF documentation.

We had many submissions with multiple “likes”. The winning submissions are:

2,235 Likes,
1st place:
Rodrigo Briceno
One of the most remarkable experiences with Stata was when I learned to use loops. Making repetitive procedures in so short amounts of time is really amazing! I LIKE STATA!
1,464 Likes,
2nd place:
Juan Jose Salcedo
My Favorite STATA command is by far COLLAPSE! Getting descriptive statistics couldn’t be any easier!
140 Likes,
3rd place:
Tymon Sloczynski
My favourite command is ‘oaxaca’, a user-written command (by Ben Jann from Zurich) which can be used to carry out the so-called Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition. I often use it in my research and it saves a lot of time – which easily makes it favourite!

You can find the complete list of the 102 entries in the full article here

Stata at JSM 2011 in Miami Beach, FL

StataCorp invites you to stop by our booth, 404, at JSM 2011, July 31 – August 3, in Miami Beach, FL. StataCorp staff and developers will be on hand to answer any questions you have about Stata, from statistics to programming to licensing. You can also register to win a copy of quad-core Stata/MP.

StataCorp is also presenting three continuing education technology workshops at JSM 2011:

Survey Data Analysis with Stata
Jeffrey Pitblado, Associate Director, Statistical Software
Wednesday, August 3, 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Register for Activity Number CE_24T

Multiple Imputation Analysis in Stata
Yulia Marchenko, Associate Director, Biostatistics
Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Register for Activity Number CE_28T

Multilevel and Mixed Models in Stata
Bill Rising, Director of Educational Services
Wednesday, August 3, 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Register for Activity Number CE_32T

To register for the workshops, sign up when you register to attend JSM or go to http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2011/onlineprogram/.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami Beach. Be sure to stop by booth 404 to learn more about Stata or just to visit with the people who make it.

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Stata is now on Facebook and Twitter

You probably already noticed the icons at the top right of the blog, but in case you didn’t, Stata is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at @stata and join us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest Stata-related happenings. We will share events, announcements, blog posts, and more.

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