another general purpose statistical software package that we support here at RSS.
It is put out by StataCorp based at College Station, and is a comprehensive
package that entails a variety of techniques on par with the other major
packages. While not as pervasive as
in the social sciences, it is very popular among those in political science and
economics. In particular it has a wide variety of options for generalized
linear models, time-series analyses, and hazard models. Stata is also similar
in allowing user contributed packages to be incorporated seamlessly into the
program's overall functionality. Stata furthermore has a menu system allowing
access to almost all built in commands, and in general is a solid all around
Stata is the only package for which
students who want to purchase a personal copy must come to the RSS office
at some point (contact Patrick Mcleod). Again though, it is free to use in the
labs on campus.
Official Stata website
Introduction to Stata