### Stata Starter Kit

This page is intended for people who:

 Are just starting to learn Stata to utilize basic statistical procedures to move to Stata from another stat package Have a question or two about how to do a simple task in Stata how to interpret the output from commonly used procedures Want a quick refresher on how to do basic tasks in Stata on frequently used statistical procedures and the interpretation of their output.

These materials have been collected from various places on our website and have been ordered so that you can, in step-by-step fashion, develop the skills needed to conduct common analyses in Stata.

Getting familiar with Stata

• Class notes with movies:  There is no point in waiting to take an introductory class on how to use Stata.  Instead, we have movies of our introductory class that you can watch online.  The movies follow the class notes.
• Statistics with Stata by Lawrence Hamilton is an excellent resource for getting started using Stata. UCLA researchers (not students) can borrow this book from us for a week, see stat books for loan for details.
• Learning modules:  We have developed a set of web pages called learning modules which show you how to accomplish basic data management tasks in Stata, including how to get data into Stata, how to recode variable and how to subset data.  The Stata code and the output produced are shown, as well as tips on things to look out for.
• Pages for you, if you are just switching from another stat package to Stata, such as SPSS, SAS and such.

Getting familiar with the statistical procedures

• What statistical analysis should I use?:  This page contains a table describing the variables used in your analysis and suggests the kinds of statistical analyses that can be done based on the kinds of variables that you have.
• Regression with Stata:  We have written a webbook describing how to do regression analysis in Stata.
• Textbook examples:  We have examples from popular textbooks and worked them out using Stata.  So if you are reading and see an example of the kind of analysis that you want to do, you can use the code we have for that example to use as a template.
• Stat books for loan:  We have hundreds of books covering a wide variety of topics in statistics that you can borrow for two weeks.  Great books to borrow (or buy!) include Statistics with Stata by Lawrence Hamilton and Regression with Graphics by Lawrence Hamilton.  Also, we have a listing of online books.

Getting familiar with the output

• Annotated output:  We have taken the output from common statistical procedures and annotated each piece of it, telling you what each item means and how to interpret it.

Going further

• Frequently Asked Questions:  We have a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that cover a wide range of topics.
• Seminars:  These are notes (some with movies) of 90-minute seminars that we have done on specific topics.
• Links by topic:  This page is a collection of materials from our web site organized by topic, such as data management, regression and graphics.
• Installing, Customizing, Updating:  These are pages that tell you about installing, customizing and updating Stata.  Keeping your version of Stata up to date is important, as Stata often issues patches to correct minor bugs in the program.
• Online Help Pages: You can view the Stata help pages organized by topic online, or within Stata you can type help contents.
• If you are a UCLA researcher and, after working through these materials, have questions you are welcome to visit us in walk-in consulting .  We strongly recommend that you bring with you your data and your Stata program, so that we can look at them together to find a solution.

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