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Stata review by <span>Sara C.</span>
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Easy to learn, but less flexible than R

What do you like best?

Stata is very easy to pick up, and many functions can be accomplished through the menus, although things are faster with some programming skill. Troubleshooting is typically fairly straightforward -- the program's help function is good, and most other problems can be solved by searching online.

What do you dislike?

Stata is not as flexible as R (the other major statistical program used in my field), although the learning curve is much less steep. The graphics are also not as stylish, although there are some customization options.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One issue with Stata is that the ease of use (especially being able to select complex models and options through the menu) can make it too easy to run models that the user doesn't really know how to interpret. So, be careful with this and be sure to double check with a statistics text or colleague as appropriate to ensure you're interpreting results correctly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Excellent for cleaning and managing data and for running standard statistical models.

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Stata review by <span>Joshua C.</span>
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Stata

What do you like best?

I find it more helpful than other products for stuff like robust estimation.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the concept of a do list. I also found it really annoying that as soon as I hit enter, it would try to run a command, even if the command I want to type/code is so long that I need line breaks. And as with any programming software, typing a lot of stuff and remembering what to type is always annoying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Even though I'm primarily a SAS user, I found it a lot easier to figure out how to do stuff like meta-analysis or propensity score matching on Stata than on SAS. Sure, SAS definitely has a lot more advantages than Stata (and SPSS too, lol), but Stata definitely shines more in these regards.

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Stata review by <span>Misty R.</span>
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Powerful and intuitive statistical software

What do you like best?

As a person with little prior programming experience, I have found Stata to be, by far, the easiest statistical software to learn while still having impressive analytical and reproducible capabilities. Stata is always adding analytical tools to its repertoire as well, so updates are worth getting.

What do you dislike?

Stata is prohibitively expensive for some individuals and companies, especially if it is for shorter-term or limited use. Increasingly, people are choosing R over Stata for this reason (although I find R more difficult to use).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If R and/or SAS are intimidating, but SPSS doesn't meet your needs, Stata is the program you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Stata for academic research, so it is my main work tool. Because most others in my field also use it, it facilitates collaboration.

Stata review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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Best for Data Analysis

What do you like best?

Not the best for data manipulation but great for performing statistical analysis especially for development of advanced models such as GLM regression. I like that I don't have to type in a lot of code to get what I want. I also love that post-estimation regression commands are available to carry out marginal analysis and check for model validity

What do you dislike?

A bit clumsy if you want to manipulate , manage, clean and organize data especially large data such as health care administrative data sets. I find that SAS is better with that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have only used SAS, STATA and SPSS but I feel that STATA is great for statistical analysis especially for new users. It is very intuitive and easy to use compared to SAS since there is not as much coding involved and the outputs are easy to understand.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Health Care Data Analysis for Research involving population health questions on numerous diseases and policy based research.

Stata review by <span>Gautam A.</span>
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Great way to do data crunching!

What do you like best?

Stata is really convenient to use. Data crunching has become easier for social scientists due to this software. The commands are comparatively easy to use and the help tools are very effective too.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really as of now. But may be making drawings and graphs can be improved. Currently, I have to spend lot of time making these graphs and they do not turn out to be really nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stata is very useful and not so difficult to use. Very useful for graduate students and research professionals

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a PhD student and a Graduate Assistant, I participate in various research studies where I work with datasets. Stata helps me with this work in an important way.

Stata review by User in Higher Education
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Very nice software but can be more user friendly.

What do you like best?

Coding is simple and gets the job done. Doesn't do such a good job with fixed effects models though.

What do you dislike?

Fixed effect models take forever.

Not AI smart. If it can work on the AI aspect a little bit, then it would be amazing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's simple, easy to use and gets the job done in most cases unless you are into really complicated stuff where it would be better to invest in alternative softwares. However, it does it's job very well for whats expected of it. Therefore, can't complain at all with the simplicity and ease of use in getting the job done. The standard version is slightly expensive but they also have a student version which is cheaper but allows fewer variables.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Regression models, logit, probit, Difference in difference models, IV, GMM models. Stata is very easy to learn and the online support available for problem is amazing.

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