Using Stata for Quantitative Analysis

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Using Stata for Statistical Analysis is a supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate level courses involving research methods and statistical analysis. The manual will be written so thatawide variety of fields that offer such courses would be able to adopt it.Instructors most likely to adopt would include sociology, political science, economics, and psychology. These fields share a relatively similar approach to quantitative analysis and are all part of the trend towards using Stata as their primary statistical program.Longest proposes to teach the language of Stata from an intuitive perspective, furthering students overall retention, allowing for a student with no experience in statistical software to be able tosit down and be working with data in a very short amount of time.Features and Benefits-Stata screen shots provided throughout chapters to aid student comprehension-Examples of commands and procedures using real data from the General Social Survey will be provided.-'A Closer Look' boxes (similar to Frankfort-Nachmias) will provide additional information on more advanced topics.-Self-teaching style will allow novice Stata users ability to complete a basic quantitative research project from start to finish.- Exercises at ends of chapters will have answers provided to help students master Stata

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Motivation and Purposep. ix
About the National Study of Youth and Religionp. x
A Note on Versionsp. xi
A Note on Notationp. xi
Referencesp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Foundations for Working with Statap. 1
Getting to Know Stata 12p. 2
What You Seep. 2
Getting Started With Data Filesp. 5
Opening and Saving Stata Data Filesp. 5
Data Browser and Editorp. 7
Entering Your Own Datap. 10
Using Different Types of Data Files in Statap. 10
Types of Variables in Data Filesp. 13
Exercisesp. 16
The Essentialsp. 17
Intuition and Stata Commandsp. 17
The Structure of Stata Commandsp. 19
Commandp. 20
Variablesp. 20
if Statementsp. 20
Optionsp. 21
Executing a Command Using the Command Windowp. 21
The 5 Essential Commandsp. 21
tabulatep. 22
summaryp. 28
generatep. 29
replace (if)p. 35
recodep. 43
Nonessential, Everyday Commandsp. 48
renamep. 48
drop/keep (if)p. 48
describep. 50
displayp. 51
set more offp. 52
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 52
Exercisesp. 54
Do Files and Data Managementp. 55
What Is a Do File?p. 56
Opening and Saving Do Filesp. 57
Translation From the Command Windowp. 58
Getting the Most Out of Do Filesp. 66
Data Managementp. 69
Working With Labelsp. 69
Missing Datap. 74
Using String Variablesp. 80
Saving Resultsp. 83
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 86
Exercisesp. 87
Quantitative Analysis with Statap. 89
Descriptive Statisticsp. 90
Frequency Distributionsp. 91
Histograms, Bar Graphs, and Pie Chartsp. 97
Measures of Central Tendency and Variabilityp. 102
Box Plotsp. 107
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 110
Exercisesp. 111
Relationships Between Nominal and Ordinal Variablesp. 113
Cross-Tabulationsp. 113
Chi-Square Testp. 122
Measures of Associationp. 124
Elaborationp. 126
Multivariate Bar Graphsp. 130
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 134
Exercisesp. 135
Relationships Between Different Measurement Levelsp. 137
Testing Meansp. 138
Confidence Intervalsp. 139
Testing a Specific Value (One-Sample t Test)p. 140
Testing the Mean of Two Groups (Independent-Samples t Test)p. 141
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)p. 144
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 146
Exercisesp. 147
Relationships Between Interval-Ratio Variablesp. 148
Correlationp. 148
Scatterplotsp. 150
Linear Regressionp. 156
Multiple Linear Regressionp. 160
Dichotomous (Dummy) Variables and Linear Regressionp. 162
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 165
Exercisesp. 166
Enhancing Your Command Repertoirep. 167
Stata Help Filesp. 167
Ways to Search and Accessp. 168
Structure and Languagep. 171
Advanced Convenience Commandsp. 175
tab, gen(newvar)p. 175
egenp. 178
mark and markoutp. 181
alpha, gen(newvar)p. 183
Summary of Commands Used in This Chapterp. 185
Exercisesp. 185
Appendix: Getting to Know Stata 11p. 187
Chapter Exercise Solutionsp. 201
"How To" Indexp. 221
About the Authorp. 225
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