R vs Stata

This is me, about once per year, when I bemoan my lack of R-coolness whilst simultaneously enjoying my Stata-efficiency.R vs Stata 1

13 thoughts on “R vs Stata”

  1. That could get in the way of finishing said PhD ?. In my (limited) experience, switching to R is not hard for proficient Stata users. But the force of habit is strong, and Stata is very robust/concise/efficient for 80-90 per cent of my day-to-day work

  2. Yes! I always recommend stata for anything that happens in a rectangular dataset. Stata is a tool for scienc – R is a programming language and I feel social science is moving towards big data and multiple datasets. Plus it prepares students who will not stay in academia better.

  3. I will teach basic R to any proficient stata user teaching in German academia who promises to change his way and teach R to her students afterwards, for free (until I finish my PHD)


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