Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Raison D'Etre

This blog covers Mac integration on Stata. That's all there is to it.

I'm in the process of writing my dissertation on the growth of gambling over the past 30 years. One of the data sources I'm using is the 1975 Commission on the Review of the National Policy on Gambling. Unlike the more recent National Gambling Impact Study, the 1975 study is just in pure ASCII format. The data comes directly from the US National Archives and has not been processed like data at big archives like ICPSR.

As a result, I've delved much deeper into the coding details of stata, including dictionary files, the labeling language and memory management. I'll relate my tips and experiences here.

Stata is a wonderful program (see my review at Versiontracker) and the most Mac-friendly of all data analysis programs. The aim of this blog is to build a community of Mac Stata users and offer help to those just starting out.

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