Gentle Introduction to Stata, Revised Third Edition

ISBN-10: 1597181099

ISBN-13: 9781597181099

Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Alan C. Acock

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Updated to reflect the new features of Stata 11, A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Third Editioncontinues to help new Stata users become proficient in Stata. After reading this introductory text, you will be able to enter, build, and manage a data set as well as perform fundamental statistical analyses.New to the Third EditionA new chapter on the analysis of missing data and the use of multiple-imputation methods Extensive revision of the chapter on ANOVAAdditional material on the application of power analysisThe book covers data management; good work habits, including the use of basic do-files; basic exploratory statistics, including graphical displays; and analyses using the standard array of basic statistical tools, such as correlation, linear and logistic regression, and parametric and nonparametric tests of location and dispersion. Rather than splitting these topics by their Stata implementation, the material on graphics and postestimation are woven into the text in a natural fashion. The author teaches Stata commands by using the menus and dialog boxes while still stressing the value of do-files. Each chapter includes exercises and real data sets are used throughout.
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List price: $79.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: StataCorp LP
Publication date: 3/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 401
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Alan Acock (Ph.D., Washington State University) is Professor and former Chair of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. He has also taught at Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Southern California. Alan has published 4 books, 20 book chapters, and 120 articles. He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, a winner of the Reuben Hill Award, several awards for teaching, and his book on Family Diversity and Well-Being received the 1995 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book. Alan has held elected offices in the American Sociological Association and the National Council on Family Relations. His substantive research has been on the effects of family structure on the well-being of family members and on intergenerational relations. He is currently investigating the effects of fathers returning to families after incarceration. He has served on editorial boards of several substantive journals including the Journal of Marriage and Family. His methodological research has focused on structural equation modeling and missing values. He is currently writing a book on Stata. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Structural Equation Modeling.

List of tables
List of figures
Support materials for the book
Getting started
The Stata screen
Using an existing dataset
An example of a short Stata session
Entering data
Creating a dataset
An example questionnaire
Developing a coding system
Entering data using the Data Editor
Value labels
The Variables Manager
The Data Editor (Browse) view
Saving your dataset
Checking the data
Preparing data for analysis
Planning your work
Creating value labels
Reverse-code variables
Creating and modifying variables
Creating scales
Saving some of your data
Working with commands, do-files, and results
How Stata commands are constructed
Creating a do-file
Copying your results to a word processor
Logging your command file
Descriptive statistics and graphs for one variable
Descriptive statistics and graphs
Where is the center of a distribution?
How dispersed is the distribution?
Statistics and graphs unordered categories
Statistics and graphs ordered categories and variables
Statistics and graphs quantitative variables
Statistics and graphs for two categorical variables
Relationship between categorical variables
Chi-squared test
Degrees of freedom
Probability tables
Percentages and measures of association
Odds ratios when dependent variable has two categories
Ordered categorical variables
Interactive tables
Tables linking categorical and quantitative variables
Power analysis when using a chi-squared test of significance
Tests for one or two means
Introduction to tests for one or two means
Random sampling
One-sample test of a proportion
Two-sample test of a proportion
One-sample test of means
Two-sample test of group means
Testing for unequal variances
Repeated-measures t test
Power analysis
Nonparametric alternatives
Mann-Whitney two-sample rank-sum test
Nonparametric alternative: Median test
Bivariate correlation and regression
Introduction to bivariate correlation and regression
Plotting the regression line
Spearman's rho: Rank-order correlation for ordinal data
Analysis of variance
The logic of one-way analysis of variance
ANOVA example
ANOVA example using survey data
A nonparametric alternative to ANOVA
Analysis of covariance
Two-way ANOVA
Repeated-measures design
Intraclass correlation measuring agreement
Multiple regression
Introduction to multiple regression
What is multiple regression?
The basic multiple regression command
Increment in R-squared: Semipartial correlations
Is the dependent variable normally distributed?
Are the residuals normally distributed?
Regression diagnostic statistics
Outliers and influential cases
Influential observations: DFbeta
Combinations of variables may cause problems
Weighted data
Categorical predictors and hierarchical regression
A shortcut for working with a categorical variable
Fundamentals of interaction
Power analysis in multiple regression
Logistic regression
Introduction to logistic regression
An example
What is an odds ratio and a logit?
The odds ratio
The logit transformation
Data used in the rest of the chapter
Logistic regression
Hypothesis testing
Testing individual coefficients
Testing sets of coefficients
Nested logistic regressions
Power analysis when doing logistic regression
Measurement, reliability, and validity
Overview of reliability and validity
Constructing a scale
Generating a mean score for each person
Stability and test-retest reliability
Split-half and alpha reliability internal consistency
Kuder-Richardson reliability for dichotomous items
Rater agreement kappa (�)
Expert judgment
Criterion-related validity
Construct validity
Factor analysis
PCF analysis
Orthogonal rotation: Varimax
Oblique rotation: Promax
But we wanted one scale, not four scales
Scoring our variable
Working with missing values multiple imputation
The nature of the problem
Multiple imputation and its assumptions about the mechanism for missingness
What variables do we include when doing imputations?
Multiple imputation
A detailed example
Preliminary analysis
Setup and multiple-imputation stage
The analysis stage
For those who want an R<sup>2</sup> and standardized �s
When impossible values are imputed
What's next?
Introduction to the appendix
Web resources
Books about Stata
Short courses
Acquiring data
Author index
Subject index
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