Statistics with Stata

A 2-Day Seminar Taught by Stephen Vaisey, Ph.D. 

With its user-friendly interface and strong analytical and graphical abilities, Stata is the preferred statistical analysis tool for large numbers of data analysts in economics, statistics, sociology, education, and biomedicine, as well as in the business domains of finance, consulting, investment management, and marketing. Stata is extremely powerful but also easy to learn. Its amazing help files and fully integrated manuals system really set Stata apart. After achieving a basic familiarity with the syntax and interface, Stata can be learned much more quickly than its competitors. A large community of Stata users also provides a rich community of support as well as thousands of helpful add-on commands that can dramatically extend the software’s capabilities. Overall, Stata is extremely versatile software that is a valuable addition to any analyst’s toolbox.

This two-day seminar will provide a comprehensive introduction to Stata software, covering Stata’s data management, graphics, data analysis, and statistical modeling capabilities. Participants will develop facility with Stata’s data manipulation commands, its wide array of graphical tools for exploring data, and the implementation of frequently used statistical tests and regression models.

Attendees will learn how to use Stata to perform continuous and categorical data comparisons and regression analysis, including linear and logistic regression. The seminar will teach participants how to interpret and customize Stata’s numerical and graphical output and how to incorporate these results directly into research reports. Participants completing the seminar will have gained the ability to confidently use Stata to organize and analyze data.


This is a hands-on course and students will benefit most by following along with examples on their own laptops. Students are encouraged to come with Stata installed on their computers. Stata 14 is the most current version, but Stata 12 and 13 will work just as well for the vast majority of the course content.

Stata is licensed through StataCorp and is frequently offered at a significant discount through academic institutions to their employees and students. Seminar participants who are not yet ready to purchase Stata could take advantage of StataCorp’s free 30-day evaluation offer or their 30-day software return policy. 

Who should attend? 

The course will benefit researchers, analysts, and students interested in identifying and mastering a statistical software package. Current users of alternative software packages (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS) who are interested in extending their arsenal of statistical software tools to include Stata will also find it particularly useful. The seminar generally will appeal to those who seek an accelerated and in-depth introduction to a powerful, popular, and flexible statistical software package.

The course will focus on developing mastery of software rather than on teaching statistics. Hence, familiarity with statistical concepts at the first-year undergraduate level, including topics such as basic probability distributions, hypothesis testing, t-tests, chi-square tests, and OLS regression will be assumed. While prior exposure to statistical software may be useful, no prior experience with Stata or any other statistical package is required. 

LOCAtions, Format, And Materials 

The seminar meets Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 

The class will meet from 9 to 5 each day with a 1-hour lunch break. 

Participants receive a bound manual containing detailed lecture notes (with equations and graphics), examples of computer printout, and many other useful features. This book frees participants from the distracting task of note taking. 

Registration and lodging

The fee of $995.00 includes all seminar materials. 

Lodging Reservation Instructions

A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Club Quarters Hotel, 1628 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA at a special rate of $152 per night. This location is about a 5 minute walk to the seminar location. In order to make reservations, call 203-905-2100 during business hours and identify yourself by using group code STA407. For guaranteed rate and availability, you must reserve your room no later than March 8, 2016.


  1. Stata orientation
  2. Managing data
  3. Summary statistics, tables, and graphs
  4. Comparing continuous and categorical data
  5. Correlation and linear regression
  6. Logistic regression
  7. Advanced topics and next steps