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Stata Tweets and Other API Libraries


  • William Matsuoka

    (San Diego Gas and Electric)


With the integration of cURL, Stata can do amazing things – from retrieving Instagram image information, to geocoding batches of coordinates using the US Census Geocoder, to sending direct messages via Twitter. This presentation focuses on the steps necessary to accomplish these tasks without use of any additional software. We introduce a new Mata library that handles bitwise operations, Base64 encoding, and the HMAC-SHA1 algorithm; all packages necessary to submit post requests using Twitter’s API. As a result, Stata users are able to favorite Tweets, retrieve timeline data, and send secure direct messages entirely from the Stata console.

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  • William Matsuoka, 2016. "Stata Tweets and Other API Libraries," 2016 Stata Conference 29, Stata Users Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:scon16:29

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