Improving your Stata: data management, publication-quality outputs, and automating tasks

An online short course

This course aims to provide a more advanced knowledge of Stata 15/16 statistical software package.

Course date 4 - 6 May 2021
Course fee £660
Course Organisers Michael Lawton & Daisy Gaunt

Please note: this course was previously named "Advanced Stata".

Prerequisites

Please ensure you meet the following prerequisites before booking:

Knowledge It is assumed that participants will have attended the Introduction to Stata course (or be familiar with the contents of this course), AND are able to: open and save datasets; generate and rename variables; label variables and values; restrict commands to a subset of the data using the if, in and by qualifiers; generate a Stata date from a string; change the working directory; and use commands display, list, summarize and tabulate.

Participants should have a working knowledge of basic statistics such as linear regression. However, the course is focused on data management and programming skills rather than statistical content.
Software You must have Stata (version 15 or later)* installed in advance of the course.
*Internal University of Bristol participants will be provided with access to Stata version 16 on the first day of the course.

We recommend the use of 2 screens if possible.

Course format

This 3-day course will be online and consist of live sessions via Blackboard Collaborate. Small breakout rooms will be used for practical sessions with tutor support. There will be approximately 6 hours teaching per day.

Course objectives

  1. understand how to use Stata efficiently through using a greater range of commands;
  2. manipulate data using the egen command;
  3. reshape a dataset between wide and long formats;
  4. create a summary dataset of the original data;
  5. access stored results from Stata commands;
  6. automatically format and save output for tables;
  7. create publication-quality graphs;
  8. use looping structures for repetitive code;
  9. create a new dataset without altering an existing dataset open in Stata; and
  10. create Word documents using Stata with embedded tables, graphs and scalar results.

Who the course is intended for

The course is intended for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of STATA.

Participants should have a working knowledge of basic statistics such as linear regression. However, the course is focused on data management and programming skills rather than statistical content.

Course outline

  1. Advanced functions and expressions using egen.
  2. Collecting statistics and reshaping datasets.
  3. Accessing stored results from Stata commands.
  4. Creating publication-style tables in Stata.
  5. How to use macros.
  6. Creating publication-style graphs in Stata.
  7. Using loops to do repetitive tasks.
  8. Posting data to a file.
  9. Automate embedding results in a Word document.

Online Course Bookings


Bookings are open for online courses running in 2021.

Overall I thought the course was really excellent and I would highly recommend it. The teachers were all very knowledgeable and approachable. The use of frequent application of new material in Stata exercises helped to consolidate a lot of the information.

Course feedback, January 2020

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