Introduction to Stata


Note: Topics are subject to change.  Participants must sign up for the entire series.


This portion introduces Stata for Windows, including the menus, help systems, search systems, and main windows within the Stata Environment. Entering data into Stata and defining variable attributes is introduced, in addition to the various methods of importing external data files into Stata. Using the menus to set up commands and procedures is contrasted with entering Stata commands interactively.

Data Management

This section introduces working with date and time variables, generating new variables and replacing values in existing variables, sorting data files, merging data files, computing dummy variables, keeping and dropping variables and cases, and using the menus to set up data management procedures. Methods for describing and comparing data sets are also introduced.

Basic Statistical Analysis

This portion introduces basic descriptive and summary analyses in Stata, including standard numerical summaries of continuous variables, frequency and cross-tabulation analysis, and hypothesis testing for means and proportions. Commands for common regression analysis procedures (including linear and logistic regression) are also introduced, along with methods for analyzing data from complex sample surveys. Methods for analyzing subsets of data and performing analyses stratified by a categorical variable are also covered. Finally, working with the values and estimates that are returned by Stata analysis commands is introduced.

Basic Graphing Tools

This portion provides participants with an introduction to commonly used graphing tools in Stata.


The workshop will end with a basic introduction to programming in Stata using .do files.