Thirty Years with Stata: A Retrospective

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By: Enrique Pinzon (editor)
Publisher: Stata Press
Copyright: 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-59718-172-3
Pages: 147; paperback

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This volume is a sometimes serious and sometimes whimsical retrospective of Stata, its development, and its use over the last 30 years.


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. This volume holds something interesting for everyone.



Preface (PDF)
I A vision from inside
1 Initial thoughts 
   W. Gould
2 A conversation with William Gould 
   H.J. Newton
2.1 Beginnings of Stata 
2.2 Learning computing skills 
2.3 The CRC 
2.4 The arrival of Bill Rogers on the scene 
2.5 The birth of ado-files 
2.6 The move to Texas 
2.7 How new Stata features happen 
2.8 The Stata Journal 
2.9 Modern StataCorp
3 In at the creation 
   S. Becketti
II A vision from outside
4 Then and now 
   S. Becketti
4.1 Introduction 
4.2 Stata, then and now 
4.3 Time-series analysis, then and now 
4.4 Rocket science, then and now 
4.5 Plus ça change 
4.6 About the author
5 25 years of Statistics with Stata 
   L. Hamilton
5.1 Introduction 
5.2 A brief history 
5.3 Examples in Statistics with Stata 
5.4 Future editions 
5.5 About the author
6 Stata's contribution to epidemiology 
   S. J. W. Evans and P. Royston
6.1 Introduction 
6.2 Epidemiology and Stata 
6.3 The future 
6.4 About the authors
7 The evolution of veterinary epidemiology 
   I. R. Dohoo
7.1 History of veterinary epidemiology 
7.2 Development of quantitative veterinary epidemiology 
7.3 Distinctive aspects of veterinary epidemiology 
7.4 Use of Stata in veterinary epidemiology 
7.5 About the author
8 On learning introductory biostatistics and Stata 
   M. Pagano
8.1 Introduction 
8.2 Teaching the course
8.2.1 Variability 
8.2.2 Inference 
8.2.3 Probability 
8.2.4 Data quality
8.3 Conclusion 
8.4 Acknowledgments 
8.5 About the author
9 Stata and public health in Ohio 
   T. Sahr
9.1 Introduction 
9.2 Stata distributed to Ohio counties 
9.3 Local public health analytical personnel disparity 
9.4 Training partnership with Stata 
9.5 Scope of trainings partnership 
9.6 Impact of the trainings 
9.7 Future goals 
9.8 About the author
10 Statistics research and Stata in my life 
     P. A. Lachenbruch
10.1 Introduction 
10.2 My career using Stata 
10.3 About the author
11 Public policy and Stata 
     S. P. Jenkins
11.1 Introduction 
11.2 The credibility revolution in public policy analysis 
11.3 A broader view of what counts as valuable public policy analysis 
11.4 What is it about Stata? 
11.5 Acknowledgments 
11.6 About the author
12 Microeconometrics and Stata over the past 30 years 
     A. C. Cameron
12.1 Introduction 
12.2 Regression and Stata 
12.3 Empirical research and Stata 
12.4 About the author
13 Stata enabling state-of-the-art research in accounting, business, and finance 
     D. Christodoulou
13.1 Introduction 
13.2 Data on software citations and impact 
13.3 Earning market share
13.3.1 Stata 7 
13.3.2 Interface and code overhaul 
13.3.3 Longitudinal panel-data analysis 
13.3.4 Time-series analysis 
13.3.5 Other key methods
13.4 Wishes and grumbles 
13.5 Conclusion 
13.6 About the author 
A. Appendix
14 Stata and political science 
     G. D. Whitten and C. Wimpy
14.1 Introduction 
14.2 Acknowledgment 
14.3 About the authors
15 New tools for psychological researchers 
     S. Soldz
15.1 Introduction 
15.2 Choosing Stata 
15.3 About the author
16 History of Stata 
     N. J. Cox
16.1 Introduction 
16.2 Californian creation 
16.3 Texan transpose 
16.4 Onwards and upwards 
16.5 Pervasive principles 
16.6 Acknowledgments 
16.7 About the author