Free May Craft of Statistical Analysis Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Stata’s Macros and Loops

May 19th, 2016 by

There are many steps to analyzing a dataset. One of the first steps is to create tables and graphs of your variables in order to understand what is behind the thousands of numbers on your screen. But the type of table and graph you create depends upon the type of variable you are looking at.

There certainly isn’t much point in running a frequency table for a continuous variable with hundreds of unique observations. Creating a boxplot to look for outliers doesn’t make much sense if the variable is categorical. Creating a histogram for a dummy variable would be senseless as well.

How should you start this process? Should you create a spreadsheet listing all the names of the variables and list what type of variable they are? Should you paste the names into a Word document?

In this free webinar with Stata expert Jeff Meyer, you will discover the code to quickly determine the type of every variable in a dataset. By simply pressing the execute button on a do-file you will observe Stata placing each variable in a group (the macro) based on the type of variable it is.

You will watch, through the use of loops, Stata create the proper table and graph for each type of variable in a matter of minutes and output the data into a pdf file for future viewing. You will also receive the code to recreate and practice what you’ve learned.


Title: Improving Your Productivity by Unlocking the Power of Stata’s Macros and Loops
Date: Thurs, May 26, 2016
Time: 1-2 pm EDT
Presenter: Jeff Meyer

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Jeff Meyer is a statistical consultant with The Analysis Factor, a stats mentor for Statistically Speaking membership, and a workshop instructor. Read more about Jeff here.

Loops in Stata: Making coding easy

October 21st, 2014 by

We’ve already discussed using macros in Stata to simplify and shorten code.

Another great tool in your coding tool belt is loops. Loops allow you to run the same command for several variables at one time without having to write separate code for each variable.

This discussion could go on for pages and pages because there is much you can do with a loop. (more…)