Reflections on how Stata enhances creativity and problem solving in the real world
Many people think of science and statistics as dry and even lifeless endeavors. In fact, the wellspring of good science and statistics is creativity, and creativity is enhanced by memory, imagination, beauty, and collaboration. I will discuss some of the Stata features that I believe work together to stimulate the creative impulse, including a unified interface design and syntax structure, the "type a little, get a little" paradigm, a very large suite of statistical procedures, expandability, excellent documentation, automation, beautiful and flexible graphics, and inter-operability with other statistical packages.
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