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The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata 1st Edition
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The workflow of data analysis using Stata should be required for any course on regression or applied statistics that uses Stata. Any applied researcher using this program needs to buy this book.
The author covers everything from saving and filing your data (good life skills even for those who don't use STATA) to documenting and cleaning datasets.
The book reads fast and is interesting enough. Lots of general advice and then a few specific, detailed examples with full-fledged code that are easy to skip if they are not relevant (mercifully, he does not force you through the examples like some books do - they are fairly self-contained modules within the chapters). For each task, he tends to talk about the commands used (with relevant/most-helpful options), but then also about general rules for how to approach the task.
The author's personal narrative dominates the book, but it is clear that he has a lot of experience and for the most part, it is helpful that the book is written that way. Some of the advice is shocking in its simplicity but its usefulness (i.e. "Never name a file 'Final'" lest you wind up with "Final - v1" "Final - v2" and "Final - really really final") - these are problems that are applicable to everyone. As such, although I have a reasonable amount of experience with STATA I felt that this book covered really useful basics in a way that was helpful but not tedious.
Unsurprisingly for someone who writes about organization and workflow management, the book is also well-organized, and designed in such a way that you can read as you go, covering relevant chapters as you face the tasks within. I've been moving along at the pace of my project, highlighting commands as I read so that I can use it as a reference manual once I finish going through the first time. So far, the book has more than paid for itself in time and frustration saved.
This is probably one of of the few books that I ever bought which taught me something new in each page. It has definitely helped me to learn how to organize my work effectively and efficiently. It has also taught me a lot of Stata programming skills.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish had read it before beginning my PhD, could have saved me 6 months of work. A mustPublished 18 months ago by Rodrigo Taborda
I am learning data management processes. The book is resourceful.Published 23 months ago by Bonita Kilama
The material covered in this book is worth probably 1/4 of the actual price. I was supremely disappointed with it. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by Grad_Student
This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to all social science researchers! And the first chapter is useful for researchers in other fields as well!Published on March 17, 2013 by Zuzana
Am a regular Stata user, but found this book to be full of helpful tips and efficiencies, even for experienced users. Highly recommended!Published on December 5, 2012 by elizabeth jane whelan
If you are new to data analysis, this book is essential. Here's why:
1) Readable/well organized (you'll actually use it)
2) Covers the basics of how to... Read more