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General Information

Short Description: Stata is a complete, integrated statistical package for data analysis, data management, and graphics.

Long Description:  Stata is a powerful and easy to use statistical package that contains hundreds of statistical tools, from basic tabulations and summary statistics to  advanced techniques, such as survival models with frailty, dynamic panel data (DPD) regressions, generalized estimating equations (GEE), models with sample selection, ARCH, and estimation with complex survey samples; to linear and generalized linear models (GLM), regressions with count or binary outcomes, ANOVA/MANOVA, ARIMA, cluster analysis, standardization of rates, and case-control analysis.

Stata can be easily programmed.  The programming is very intuitive and can be used automate complex commands and estimating procedures.  Stata users have made available many of the programs they have written to enhance the capabilities of Stata.  Stata has a search feature built in that searches for new programs and updates on the Internet.

A Stata user forum, Statalist, is  an independent listserver where postings and programs are exchanged. 

With no special graphics modes or separate modules, Stata makes it easy to generate graphs, including regression fit graphs, distributional plots, time-series graphs, and survival plots. (Excerpted from www.stata.com)

Category: Data Analysis and Visualization, Mathematics and Statistics

Programming Language: Stata

Installation Information

Version: Stata 13    Version Date:  2013

The standard version of Stata, called Intercooled Stata, limits the size of data sets.  If you encounter problems when working with large data sets, contact Research Services (researchservices@bc.edu).  We have systems set up to use Stata on large data sets.

Contact Information:  For technical assistance with Stata, please contact researchservices@bc.edu).

Terms of Use/Purchase Information:   Available for teaching and research in the computer labs in the departments listed below. Faculty members can purchase Stata through their departments/schools. Students may purchase Stata for use on their own computers from www.stata.com/order/new/edu/gradplans.

License Information

Number of Licenses:

100 concurrent Stata 13 SE licenses on apps.bc.edu   All members of the BC community may access apps.bc.edu. More information on using apps.bc.edu is available at:

www.bc.edu/offices/help/teaching/app_server.html

Two concurrent use licenses on BC's  Linux research cluster

Type of License:  Individual and network licenses.

Installed Sites: Economics Department, Finance Department, Lynch School of Education, Institute for Scientific Research, Psychology, Sociology, Center for Retirement Research, Social Work, Political Science, Center on Aging and Work, Organization Studies, CTRC, Gasson 09, and O'Neill 245,  Scorpio Linux Cluster.

Stata is available through a Web interface via BC's Windows's Application Server (apps.bc.edu).

Installed Platforms: Windows,Mac OS X, Linux.

Vendor/Developer:  StataCorp LP

Vendor Website: www.stata.com

Linux Cluster Information

There are two 16-processor licenses of Stata (stata-mp) for the Pleiades Linux Cluster.  These licenses can be used for large and long running Stata applications.  To work with the 16-processor version, you will have to submit the jobs to the queues.   To submit jobs to the queues, create a script file called stata.pbs and type:

    qsub stata.pbs

The following example of the script file, stata.pbs, requests 16 processors on one node, 32 GB of memory and 10 hours of time.

#!/bin/tcsh
#PBS -l mem=32gb,nodes=1:ppn=16,walltime=10:00:00         

module load  stata
stata-mp < sample.do

You will need to provide your own stata do file.

Documentation

User Guides:  There are on-line manuals available with Stata.  These are accessible from Stata's Help menu.   In addition, UCLA's Academic Technology Services has put together documentation on their website to help learn to use Stata (www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata). The web page www.stata.com/support/faqs contains additional links to information about Stata and statistics.  Books and manuals can be purchased from stata.com/bookstore/documentation.html.

There is an independently operated Stata listserver that provides a user forum.  For information on Statalist, the user forum, see www.stata.com/statalist.