Why Stata?

  • Stata is a complete, integrated statistical package

  • Stata provides everything you need for data analysis, data management and graphics

  • Stata has a broad suite of statistical functions

  • Stata comes with complete data management facilities

  • Stata is trusted by researchers

  • Stata is fast, accurate and easy to use 

Fast. Accurate. Easy to use.

With both a point-and-click interface and a powerful, intuitive command syntax, Stata is fast, accurate, and easy to use.

All analyses can be reproduced and documented for publication and review. Version control ensures that the scripts for your analyses will continue to produce the same results no matter when they were written. Stata has its results certified by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and by the Diehard Battery of Tests, which test generation of random numbers.  Stata meets the requirements for submission of results to the US Food and Drug Authority.

A broad suite of statistical tools

Stata puts hundreds of different statistical tools at your finger tips from standard to advanced.

Stata puts hundreds of different statistical tools at your finger tips from standard to advanced.

  • Basic tabulations and summaries,

  • Case–control analysis,

  • ARIMA,


  • Linear regression,

  • Time-series smoothers,

  • Generalized linear models, (GLM)

  • Cluster analysis,

  • Contrasts and comparisons,

  • Power analysis,

  • Choice modeling,

  • Sample selection,

  • Multilevel models,

  • Survival models with frailty,

  • Dynamic panel-data (DPD) regressions,

  • SEM (structural equation modeling),

  • Binary, count, and censored outcomes,

  • ARCH,

  • Multiple imputation,

  • Latent class analysis (LCA),

  • Treatment effects,

  • Survey data,

  • Bayesian analysis,

  • Finite mixture models (FMM) and more.

Complete data management facilities

Stata's data management features give you complete control of all types of data.

You can combine and reshape datasets, manage variables, and collect statistics across groups or replicates. You can work with byte, integer, long, float, double, and string variables (including BLOBs and strings up to 2 billion characters). Stata also has advanced tools for managing specialised data such as survival/duration data, time-series data, panel/longitudinal data, multilevel data, categorical data, multiple-imputation data, and survey data.

Publication quality graphics

Stata makes it easy to generate publication-quality, distinctly styled graphs.

You can point and click to create a custom graph. Or, you can write scripts to produce hundreds or thousands of graphs in a reproducible manner. Export graphs to EPS or TIFF for publication, to PNG or SVG for the web, or to PDF for viewing. With the integrated Graph Editor you click to change anything about your graph or to add titles, notes, lines, arrows, and text.

Programming with Mata

Mata has the structures, pointers, and classes that you expect in your programming language, and adds direct support for matrix programming.

Though you don't need to program to use Stata, it is comforting to know that a fast and complete programming language is an integral part of Stata. Mata is both an interactive environment for manipulating matrices and a full development environment that can produce compiled and optimised code. It includes special features for processing panel data, performs operations on real or complex matrices, provides complete support for object-oriented programming, and is fully integrated with every aspect of Stata.

Real documentation

Stata is a big package and so has lots of documentation – over 14,000 pages in 27 volumes. But don't worry, type help my topic, and Stata will search its keywords, indexes, and even community-contributed packages to bring you everything you need to know about your topic. Everything is available right within Stata. Each of our data management features is fully explained, and documented, and shown in practice on real examples. Each estimator is fully documented and includes several examples on real data, with real discussions of how to interpret the results. The examples give you the data so you can work along in Stata and even extend the analyses. We give you a Quick start for every feature, showing some of the most common uses. Want even more detail? Our Methods and formulas sections provide the specifics of what is being computed, and our References point you to even more information.


Stata is so programmable that developers and users add new features every day to respond to the growing demands of today's researchers.

With Stata's Internet capabilities, new features and official updates can be installed over the Internet with a single click.

Cross platform

Stata will run on Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix computers; however, our licences are not platform specific.

That means if you have a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop, you don't need two separate licenses to run Stata. You can install your Stata license on any of the supported platforms. Stata datasets, programs, and other data can be shared across platforms without translation. You can also quickly and easily import datasets from other statistical packages, spreadsheets, and databases.


At StataCorp they don't just program statistical methods, they validate them.

The results you see from a Stata estimator rest on comparisons with other estimators, Monte Carlo simulations of consistency and coverage, and extensive testing by the statisticians at StataCorp. Every Stata licence that is shipped has passed a certification suite that includes 2.3 million lines of testing code that produces 4.3 million lines of output. StataCorp certifies every number and piece of text from those 4.3 million lines of output.


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