Introduction to STATA

STATA, like SPSS is a smart data analysis tool used for data management and analysis. It is a fast and easy to use, across all operating systems such as Windows, Unix and Mac. Our module is based on Windows version of STATA 11.0. The software is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit windows operating systems. The standard version of the software can handle upto 2047 variables whereas the expert edition can handle the data upto 32,766 variables. In this first article I am focussing on the basic interface of the software.

Basic STATA interface

Introducing STATA and its basic interface

Basic interface of STATA

  1. Command: The window labeled command is where you type in your commands.
  2. Results: Once the command is entered the results are shown in larger window as tagged above.
  3. Review: History of commands entered are added in the command window of review section.
  4. Variables: The list of variables in the data set is added in the variable window. Properties of variables are mentioned in the same window in case of version 11.0, however after v12.0, the properties tab has been shifted to right hand side corner (see figure below).
Main screen of STATA

Main Window

Importing data to STATA

Priya Chetty

Partner at Project Guru
Priya is a master in business administration with majors in marketing and finance. She is fluent with data modelling, time series analysis, various regression models, forecasting and interpretation of the data. She has assisted data scientists, corporates, scholars in the field of finance, banking, economics and marketing.

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