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ODA: Stata module for conducting Optimal Discriminant Analysis (Windows only)


  • Ariel Linden

    (Linden Consulting Group, LLC)

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Optimal Discriminant Analysis (ODA) is a machine learning algorithm that was introduced over 25 years ago to offer an alternative analytic approach to conventional statistical methods commonly used in research (Yarnold & Soltysik 1991). Its appeal lies in its simplicity, flexibility and accuracy as compared with conventional statistical methods (Yarnold & Soltysik 2005, 2016). oda is a wrapper program for the Optimal Discriminant Analysis (ODA) software (Yarnold & Soltysik 2005, 2016). Therefore, ODA must be installed in order for the oda Stata package to work. ODA software is available at

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  • Ariel Linden, 2020. "ODA: Stata module for conducting Optimal Discriminant Analysis (Windows only)," Statistical Software Components S458728, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 13 Feb 2020.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s458728
    Note: This module should be installed from within Stata by typing "ssc install oda". The module is made available under terms of the GPL v3 ( Windows users should not attempt to download these files with a web browser.

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