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2011 Stata Conference recap

The 2011 Stata Conference in Chicago ended last Friday, and a good time was had by all.

The two days had the usual wide array of talks, given by researchers in Econometrics, Sociology, Medicine, and Statistics, together with three of us from StataCorp—Bill Gould, David Drukker, and me.

The conference was held in the Gleacher center on the banks of the Chicago River in Chicago (of course), which is a fine facility. I know it sounds mundane, but the acoustics in the lecture hall were excellent, making it very easy for speakers and questions to be heard clearly.

It was really fun talking to old friends and making new ones both during the breaks and the conference dinner on Thursday night.

The Wishes and Grumbles session was one of the liveliest in recent memory. These are always fun for us, because they give us a window on design questions in Stata. The extra buzz from Stata 12 being recently announced was an added bonus.

Chris and Gretchen Farrar, who were running the logistics for the meeting said this was one of the happiest groups they can remember.

Here are the sentiments of Gabi Huiber, who tweeted:

Back from @Stata Conference, telling my wife about it. Her: “You’re glowing. That must have been like a spa retreat for you.

I couldn’t have said it better.

A gallery of photos from the conference is available on Facebook.

The 2012 Stata Conference will be in San Diego on July 26 and 27. See you there!

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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

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 Conferences and Meetings Update

Between now and the end of the year, the annual Stata Conference in the United States will take place along with five other Stata meetings in countries around the world.

Stata conferences and meetings feature talks by both Stata users and Stata developers and provide an opportunity to help shape the future of Stata development by interacting with and providing feedback directly to StataCorp personnel.

The talks range from longer presentations by invited speakers to shorter talks demonstrating the use of Stata in a variety of fields. Some talks are statistical in nature while others focus on data management, graphics, or programming in Stata. New enhancements to Stata created both by users and by StataCorp are often featured in talks.

The full schedule of upcoming meetings is

2011 Mexican Stata Users Group meeting
May 12, 2011

2011 German Stata Users Group meeting
July 1, 2011

Stata Conference Chicago 2011
July 14–15, 2011

2011 UK Stata Users Group meeting
September 15–16, 2011

2011 Spanish Stata Users Group meeting
September 22, 2011

2011 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting
November 11, 2011

Click on any meeting title for more information, including programs and registration information.

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Stata Conference Chicago 2011 Call for Presentations

The 2011 Stata Conference will be held on July 14 and 15 at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. I’ve enjoyed meeting many enthusiastic Stata users at previous Stata Conferences, and I’m looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces this year in Chicago.

The organizing committee recently posted a call for presentations on Statalist. That posting is included below.

To submit an abstract for a presentation, or to register for the conference, visit the conference webpage.

From: Phil Schumm <>
To: Statalist <>
Subject: st: Stata Conference 2011 in Chicago
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 08:21:32 -0500

On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to invite everyone to participate in the Stata Conference 2011, to be held July 14-15th in Chicago. The meeting will be held in the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, right on the Chicago river in the heart of downtown. Chicago is a great place to visit in the summer, and the location of the conference will make it easy to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

Below is the call for presentations. This year’s organizing committee consists of Lisa Barrow, Scott Long, Richard Williams, and myself. Please contact one of us if you would like to discuss an idea for a presentation or have questions about the program format. For those of you who have not attended a Stata users group meeting before, giving a presentation is a great opportunity to share what you are doing in Stata with others, and to get feedback from interested (and knowledgeable) users and from StataCorp developers. And, as an added bonus, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the conference registration fee will be waived (presenting author only).

We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago!

– Phil

    Announcement and call for presentations

The Stata Conference 2011 will be held at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business’ Gleacher Center. The Gleacher Center is located downtown on the bank of the Chicago River, just steps from Michigan Avenue and within walking distance of most downtown attractions.

Stata users’ meetings are enjoyable and rewarding for Stata users at all levels and from all disciplines. This year’s program will consist of a mixture of user presentations, longer talks by invited presenters, and talks by StataCorp developers. In addition, the program will include the ever-popular “Wishes and Grumbles” session in which users have an opportunity to share their comments and suggestions directly with developers from StataCorp.

All users are encouraged to submit abstracts for possible presentations. Presentations on any Stata-related topic will be considered, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • new user-written commands, including commands for modeling and estimation, graphical analysis, data management or reporting
  • use or evaluation of existing Stata commands
  • methods for teaching statistics with Stata or Stata use itself
  • case studies of Stata use in novel areas or applications
  • surveys or critiques of Stata facilities in specific fields
  • comparisons of Stata to other software, or use of Stata together with other software

User presentations should be either 15 or 25 minutes long, each followed by 5 minutes for questions. Longer talks will be at the discretion of the scientific committee.

    Submission guidelines

Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words (ASCII text, no math symbols) by using the web submission form at All abstracts must be received by March 14, 2011. Please make sure to include a short, informative title, and to indicate whether you wish to be considered for a short (15-minute) or long (25-minute) presentation. In addition, if your presentation has multiple authors, please identify the presenter. The conference registration fee will be waived for the presenter.

If you would like to discuss an idea for a presentation or have questions about the program format, please contact a member of the scientific organizing committee. This year’s committee consists of

Lisa Barrow (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) <>
Scott Long (Indiana University) <>
Phil Schumm (University of Chicago) <>
Rich Williams (Notre Dame) <>

Presenters will be asked to provide electronic materials related to their talk (a copy of the presentation and any programs/datasets, where applicable) to the organizers so that the materials can be posted on the StataCorp website and in the Stata Users Group RePEc archive.

2010 Italian Stata meeting recap

David Drukker and I just got back from the Italian Stata Users Group meeting in Bologna, arranged by TStat, the Stata distributor for Italy. It was wonderful, in part because of the beauty of Bologna, and the tasty food. The scientific committee and TStat did great jobs of selecting papers and organizing a smooth, interesting meeting.

The first day of the meeting had talks by users and StataCorp. There was good variety, with topics like investigating disease clustering, classification of prehistoric artifacts, small-area analysis, and the careful interpretation of marginal effects. This year, all the talks were in English — and it was once again amazing to see how well people can present in a second (or third) language. If you would like to see the slides which accompanied the talks, you can find them at

Recently, I have been thinking about how to interpret results from nonlinear models, so I found Maarten Buis’s talk on “Extracting effects from non-linear models” and David’s talk on “Estimating partial effects using margins in Stata 11” really useful. Both Maarten and David have thought carefully about this problem and each of them presented great introductions and easy to apply solutions. What is interesting is they favor different solutions. Maarten leaned more towards estimating and interpreting ratios that did not vary with the covariates. David recommended using the potential outcome framework which can be implemented using the margins command. The similarities and differences in these two talks made them even more informative.

As is typical for the Italian meetings, the second day had two training sessions, one given by David on programming your own estimation command in Stata (starting from the basics of Stata programming), and one given by Laura Antolini from the Università di Milano Bicocca on competing risks in survival analysis. Both courses were booked full.

I was a Stata user for 15 years before I started working at Stata, and the most fun parts of the meeting are the same now as when I was a user: the wishes and grumbles followed by the conference dinner. The wishes and grumbles session is always interesting; it shows the wide variety of approaches to using Stata. The conference dinner is always fun, because of the conversation over excellent food. In Italy, of course, the food is beyond excellent; strolling through Bologna on marble sidewalks under colonnades while talking statistics, programming and Stata made the evening, if in a intellectual fashion.

2011 Mexican Stata Users Group meeting — call for presentations

The 2011 Mexican Stata Users Group meeting has been scheduled for May 12, 2011.

The Mexican Stata Users Group meeting is a one-day international conference about the use of Stata in a wide breadth of fields and environments, mixing theory and practice. The bulk of the conference is made up of selected submitted presentations. Together with the keynote address and a featured presentation by a member of StataCorp’s technical staff, these sessions provide fertile ground for learning about statistics and Stata. All users are encouraged to submit abstracts for possible presentations.

For the full meeting details, submission guidelines, and registration information, please see

Date: May 12, 2011
Venue: Institute for Economic Research, National Autonomous University of
Mexico, Circuito Mario de la Cueva, Ciudad de la Investigación
Humanidades, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.04510, México, D.F.
Submission deadline: March 19, 2011
More information: click here

Scientific committee:

Alfonso Miranda (chair)
Institute of Education, University of London

Armando Sánchez Vargas
Institute for Economic Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Graciela Teruel Belismelis
Economics Department, Iberoamerican University

Logistics organizer:

MultiON Consulting SA de CV, distributor of Stata in Mexico and Central America
Victoria Leon
Phone: +52 (55) 5559 4050 x 160

Visit Stata at APHA 2010

StataCorp will have a booth in the exhibit hall at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

APHA’s 2010 meeting will be in Denver, Colorado, from November 6 through 10. For more information, visit

Stata representatives, including Roberto G. Gutierrez, Director of Statistics, will be available at the Stata booth to answer your questions about all things Stata. Stop by booth #1603 to visit with the people who develop and support the software and to get 20% off your purchase of Stata Press books and Stata Journal subscriptions.

Also make plans to attend our brief seminar, “Stata 11: Statistical Software for the Health Sciences”, led by Roberto G. Gutierrez. The workshop will be held Monday, November 8, at 4:00 PM in the APHA Exhibitor Theatre, booth #2093.