Fast. Accurate. Easy to use. Stata is a complete, integrated software package that provides all your data science needs — data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting.
Master Your Data
Stata’s data management features give you complete control.
- Frames — manage multiple datasets simultaneously
- Import, export
- ODBC, SQL
- Sort, match, merge, join, append, create
- Built-in spreadsheet
- Process text or binary data
- Access data locally or on the web
- Collect statistics across groups
- BLOBs—strings that can hold entire documents
- Billions of observations
- Hundreds of thousands of variables
- Survival data, panel data, multilevel data, survey data,
multiple-imputation data, categorical data, time-series data
And much more, to support all your data science needs.
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Broad Suite Of Statistical Features
Stata makes it easy to generate publication-quality, distinctly styled graphs.
You can point and click to create a custom graph. Or you can write scripts to produce hundreds or thousands of graphs in a reproducible manner. Export graphs to EPS or TIFF for publication, to PNG or SVG for the web, or to PDF for viewing. With the integrated Graph Editor, you click to change anything about your graph or to add titles, notes, lines, arrows, and text.
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Truly Reproducible Research
Lots of folks talk about reproducible research.
Stata has been dedicated to it for over 30 years.
We constantly add new features; we have even fundamentally changed language elements. No matter. Stata is the only statistical package with integrated versioning. If you wrote a script to perform an analysis in 1985, that same script will still run and still produce the same results today. Any dataset you created in 1985, you can read today. And the same will be true in 2050. Stata will be able to run anything you do today.
We take reproducibility seriously.
When it comes time to perform your analyses or understand the methods you are using, Stata does not leave you high and dry or ordering books to learn every detail.
Each of our data management features is fully explained and documented and shown in practice on real examples. Each estimator is fully documented and includes several examples on real data, with real discussions of how to interpret the results. The examples give you the data so you can work along in Stata and even extend the analyses. We give you a Quick start for every feature, showing some of the most common uses. Want even more detail? Our Methods and formulas sections provide the specifics of what is being computed, and our References point you to even more information.
Stata is a big package and so has lots of documentation – over 17,000 pages in 33 volumes. But don’t worry, type help my topic, and Stata will search its keywords, indexes, and even community-contributed packages to bring you everything you need to know about your topic. Everything is available right within Stata.
We don’t just program statistical methods, we validate them.
The results you see from a Stata estimator rest on comparisons with other estimators, Monte Carlo simulations of consistency and coverage, and extensive testing by our statisticians. Every Stata we ship has passed a certification suite that includes 3.7 million lines of testing code that produces 5.6 million lines of output. We certify every number and piece of text from those 5.6 million lines of output.
Easy to Use
All of Stata’s features can be accessed through menus, dialogs, control panels, a Data Editor, a Variables Manager, a Graph Editor, and even an SEM Diagram Builder. You can point and click your way through any analysis.
If you don’t want to write commands and scripts, you don’t have to.
Even when you are pointing and clicking, you can record all your results and later include them in reports. You can even save the commands created by your actions and reproduce your complete analysis later.
Easy To Grow With
The consistency goes even deeper. What you learn about data management commands often applies to estimation commands, and vice versa. There is also a full suite of postestimation commands to perform hypothesis tests, form linear and nonlinear combinations, make predictions, form contrasts, and even perform marginal analysis with interaction plots. These commands work the same way after virtually every estimator.
Sequencing commands to read and clean data, then to perform statistical tests and estimation, and finally to report results is at the heart of reproducible research. Stata makes this process accessible to all researchers.
Easy To Automate
Everyone has tasks that they do all the time—create a particular kind of variable, produce a particular table, perform a sequence of statistical steps, compute an RMSE, etc. The possibilities are endless. Stata has thousands of built-in procedures, but you may have tasks that are relatively unique or that you want done in a specific way.
If you have written a script to perform your task on a given dataset, it is easy to transform that script into something that can be used on all your datasets, on any set of variables, and on any set of observations.
Easy to Extend
Some of the things you automate may be so useful that you want to share them with colleagues or even make them available to all Stata users. That’s also easy. With just a little code, you can turn an automation script into a Stata command. A command that supports standard features that Stata’s official commands support. A command that can be used in the same way official commands are used.
Stata also includes an advanced programming language—Mata.
Mata has the structures, pointers, and classes that you expect in your programming language and adds direct support for matrix programming.
Though you don’t need to program to use Stata, it is comforting to know that a fast and complete programming language is an integral part of Stata. Mata is both an interactive environment for manipulating matrices and a full development environment that can produce compiled and optimized code. It includes special features for processing panel data, performs operations on real or complex matrices, provides complete support for object-oriented programming, and is fully integrated with every aspect of Stata.
Stata also has comprehensive Python integration, allowing you to harness all the power of Python directly from your Stata code.
World-class Technical Support
Stata technical support is free to registered users of the current release (Stata 17), which means you get much more than you pay for.
We have a dedicated staff of expert Stata programmers and statisticians to answer your technical questions. From tricky data management solutions to getting your graph looking just right and from explaining a robust standard error to specifying your multilevel model, we have your answers.
That means if you have a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop, you don’t need two separate licenses to run Stata. You can install your Stata license on any of the supported platforms. Stata datasets, programs, and other data can be shared across platforms without translation. You can also quickly and easily import datasets from other statistical packages, spreadsheets, and databases.
Used by researchers for more than 30 years, Stata provides everything you need for data science—data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting.
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Stata’s YouTube channel is the perfect resource for new users to Stata, users wanting to learn a new feature in Stata, and professors looking for aids in teaching with Stata. We have over 250 videos on our YouTube channel that have been viewed over 6 million times by Stata users wanting to learn how to label variables, merge datasets, create scatterplots, fit regression models, work with time-series or panel data, fit multilevel models, analyze survival data, perform Bayesian analysis, and use many other features of Stata. View the complete list of videos.
We write the official Stata Blog, Not Elsewhere Classified (NEC), to share things we think you will find instructive, informative, or just plain entertaining. We have written about how to interpret statistical results; export results into Word, Excel, and LaTeX; perform Monte Carlo simulations; program your own estimators; and more. We also post service and product announcements. Individually signed, the articles in NEC are written by the same people who develop and support Stata.
Free Stata Webinars
Stata webinars offer something for everyone. Those new to Stata will get a head start when they join our Ready. Set. Go Stata webinar. Both new and experienced users will want to join our Tips and Tricks webinar and our one-hour feature webinars; each one provides an in-depth look at one of Stata’s statistical, graphical, data management, or reporting features.
The Stata News is a free publication with columns such as the popular In the Spotlight, where Stata developers give insight into specific Stata features, and the User’s corner, where we share unique, helpful, and fun contributions from the user community. The News also contains announcements such as new releases and updates, training schedules, new books, Conferences, and Users Group meetings.
The Stata Journal is a quarterly publication containing articles about statistics, data analysis, teaching methods, and effective use of Stata’s language. The Journal publishes reviewed papers together with shorter notes and comments, regular columns, book reviews, and other materials of interest to researchers applying statistics in a variety of disciplines.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will find something just for you at Stata conferences, which are held each year in various locations around the world. These meetings showcase in-depth presentations from StataCorp experts and experienced Stata users that focus on helping you use Stata more effectively.
A great resource for users is Statalist, a forum where more than 35,000 Stata users exchange over 5,500 postings and responses each month. Statalist is run and moderated by Stata users and maintained by StataCorp.
Stata is not sold in modules, which means you get everything in one package!