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Using Stata for Quantitative Analysis

Using Stata for Quantitative Analysis

Second Edition
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July 2014 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Using Stata for Quantitative Analysis, Second Edition offers a brief, but thorough introduction to analyzing data with Stata software. It can be used as a reference for any statistics or methods course across the social, behavioral, and health sciences since these fields share a relatively similar approach to quantitative analysis.  In this book, the author teaches the language of Stata from an intuitive perspective, furthering students’ overall retention and allowing a student with no experience in statistical software to work with data in a very short amount of time. The self-teaching style of this book enables novice Stata users to complete a basic quantitative research project from start to finish.  The Second Edition covers the use of Stata 13 and can be used on its own or as a supplement to a research methods or statistics textbook.

Part I: Foundations for Working With Stata
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Stata
What You See  
Getting Started With Data Files  
Chapter 2: The Essentials
Intuition and Stata Commands  
The Structure of Stata Commands  
The 5 Essential Commands  
Nonessential, Everyday Commands  
Chapter 3: Do Files and Data Management
What Is a Do File?  
Data Management  
Part II: Quantitative Analysis With Stata
Chapter 4: Descriptive Statistics
Frequency Distributions  
Measures of Central Tendency and Variability  
Chapter 5: Relationships Between Nominal and Ordinal Variables
Chapter 6: Relationships Between Different Measurement Levels
Testing Means  
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)  
Chapter 7: Relationships Between Interval-Ratio Variables
Linear Regression  
Chapter 8: Enhancing Your Command Repertoire
Stata Help Files  
Advanced Convenience Commands  
Expanding Stata’s Capabilities  
Appendix A: Getting to Know Stata
Appendix B: Getting to Know Stata
Chapter Exercise Solutions
“How To” Index


This book serves as an introduction to the basic building blocks of the Stata program, it presents a conceptual approach to learning Stata commands and explains the 'do file'.

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Provided to students who wanted to learn STATA. This is an excellent text for practical use and for developing students comprehension of STATA as a research tool.

Mr Billy Brocato
Sociology Dept, Texas A & M Univ-Clg Station
October 12, 2016

Excellent introduction to Stata.

Professor Viviana Fernandez
Economics Dept, University Of Miami
April 9, 2016

I am currently using the Longest book for a tutorial on introduction to Statistical Software. The students seem to be comfortable with the level of the book and adapting well to using it. The accompaning datasets are helpful.

Mr Celia Byrne
Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
October 8, 2015

This is an excellent book to introduce Stata program to beginners.

Professor I-Ming. Chiu
Economics Dept, Rutgers University-Camden
August 3, 2015

This is a very good book for learning how to use Stata. I think it could be used for advanced undergraduates, and certainly for graduate students.

Dr Craig Wiernik
Social Sciences Comm Stds Div, Wilkes University
February 5, 2015

Not enough students using stata.

Dr David Rothwell
Social Work, McGill Univ
December 10, 2014
Key features


  • The book has been thoroughly updated for Stata 13, starting with a new Chapter 1. 
  • A new appendix, Working with Stata 12, is invaluable for users who plan to continue to work with Stata 12.
  • New sections on “Testing Proportions” and “Multivariate Means Graphs” have been added to Chapter 6, Relationships Between Different Measurement Levels.
  • A new section, “Expanding Stata’s Capabilities,” enriches Chapter 8, Enhancing Your Command Repertoire
  • New and updated “Closer Look” boxes appear throughout the book.


  • Examples of commands and procedures include real data from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR)
  • Stata screenshots in every chapter clarify concepts and increase reader understanding.
  • "A Closer Look" boxes provide additional information on more advanced topics.
  • End-of-chapter exercises with answers help readers increase their confidence in using Stata.
  • A self-teaching style makes it possible for novice Stata users to complete a basic quantitative research project from start to finish.
  • Data on the Student Study Site allows readers to follow chapter examples and complete end-of-chapter exercises. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

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