The course provides introductory training in Stata, a statistical package increasingly used for social research data analysis which has powerful data manipulation procedures and extensive and powerful statistical capabilities.
The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with the basic features of Stata 14. On completing the course, participants will have covered the following through a combination of presentation and practical sessions:
The STATA environment: Opening and exploring files, looking at labels, editing and entering data.
Exploratory analysis: logging outputs, producing tables, subsetting and descriptive statistics.
Data manipulation: computing new variables, recoding, keeping and dropping, saving commands in a .do file.
STATA graphics, help and support resources.
On completion of the course, participants will have the necessary familiarity with Stata to move on to further Stata courses and/or continue learning themselves
No previous experience with Stata or statistical analyses is required for the course, as it will introduce participants to the very basics of using Stata. However, familiarity with, and some experience of, handling datasets (e.g. Excel spreadsheets) would be beneficial for understanding the basics of data management and analysis in Stata.
The course is intended for anyone who hopes to use Stata as a regular tool in their work. This can be to help manage data, especially large data sets, and as a statistical analysis tool, from basic analysis to complex modelling.
This course is therefore suitable for anyone who hopes to use Stata as a day-to-day tool in their work.
The course is designed for new users of survey data and does not presume any previous knowledge or experience working with quantitative methods. However, Stata is especially useful for the analysis of complex surveys and longitudinal data analysis. Therefore, individuals interested in analysing complex surveys or applying longitudinal data analysis in Stata would find this particularly useful if they have no prior experience of Stata.