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Alan C. Acock is a University Distinguished Professor of Family Science and the Knudson Chair for Family Research in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. He has published more than 120 articles in leading social and behavioral sciences journals. Dr. Acock’s research interests encompass quantitative methodology and family studies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Stata Press; 3 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597181099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597181099
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Acock is a University Distinguished Professor and Knudson Chair for Family Research at Oregon State University. He is married with four children and addicted to bicycling. Alan is the recipient of several awards including the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award from Oregon State University and the Osborne Award from the National Council on Family Relations--both awards for mentoring students.There are two areas of writing. One is understanding family life and intergenerational influence. The other is making statistical analysis accessible to social scientists.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason S on September 7, 2011
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I have a Master's in Econometrics and it had been years since using Stata, and this book made it so easy. I really enjoyed it, and it was a fast read for those with an applied economic or statistical background.

It also helps that Stata has become user-friendly and VERY competitive pricewise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cee on June 25, 2012
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This was a really helpful manual to navigating Stata. I had no prior experience with any quant. data software programs, and was able to navigate through this manual when I had really specific questions and concerns. I would recommend this book for any new users, or those looking for a reliable reference point for their research projects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Swartz on May 30, 2013
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I have used this and the previous version of Dr. Acock's "gentle introductions" to Stata for a few years now with graduate students. I teach social work PhD students, a surprising number of whom are not well prepared in even basic statistics and/or how to use statistical software. Some have passing familiarity with SPSS, none have used Stata and almost none have used SAS. The appeal of SPSS has always been its point and click interface but learning only this, I believe, handicaps students who never learn to write a syntax file in any statistical system. By using Stata, and teaching them how to write "do" files (i.e., Stata's name for command/syntax files), I believe I am giving them a valuable set of tools for conducting analyses for the dissertations and beyond (as painful as the beginning steps might be). I also believe that if they learn Stata, that knowledge can transfer to SPSS or SAS and I make a point to show how these statistical programs overlap conceptually.

Although other faculty warned that our students would not be able to "get Stata" that has not proven the case. In part, this is because Dr. Acock's book is written in such plain, easy-to-understand language and is full of useful examples. I often plan many of my lectures around using the same examples in his text (data sets are provided). And I have my students run some of the exercises at the end of each chapter. So far, the text has served me well and I think the students find it very accessible and useful. It not only gently introduces Stata, it also provides basic information on the statistics and the meaning of the output (as well as how to supplement Stata and the output by downloading some of Stata's many extensible, user-written do files). Some of the most useful information in the text are Dr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Mitchell on June 11, 2012
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So this is THE book that you want to get if you are just learning Stata. I know there are tons of manuals and user groups for Stata. But is is really nice to have the book. And looking through the book you will learn things you didn't know to ask for on the user groups.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Digabriele on January 2, 2011
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Incredible, fantastic, outstanding....easy, understandable and it all makes sense! If you want to learn STATA this book is a must!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Hutton on June 26, 2011
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I did not find this book helpful. You have to get on STATA to be able to learn STATA, and even as a beginner this book was a little too basic for me. I first tried to follow along, page by page, but that didn't work because it's far too slow to read. I tried to use it as a reference, but it's really not helpful. I returned this book within a week or so. The best help for learning STATA is actually Youtube and there are a few universities that have websites. I found it more helpful to see the actual set-up of the screen and commands/menu bars. There's a certain amount of visual learning that this book lacks. Of course also to learn STATA you need to be able to use the program (trial and error).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 7, 2012
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The book is ok. At time is gets confusing especially if you are trying to look back and quickly learn something. The index is almost completely useless as about 50% of the important things are not it there. If you didn't learn something the first time Acock makes sure you need to read the whole book again.
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