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As a programmer, I am used to a vibrant documentation system with exhaustive references and tutorials online. Does such a system exist for Stata? Where do people go for quick stata questions (besides Cross Validated)? How did people here learn Stata?

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    $\begingroup$ My Stata 12 install comes with more than 170 Mo of official documentation in PDF. Are you interested in developing dedicated packages (programming), applied statistics (modeling, visualization, etc.), or just tips & tricks? $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Jan 8, 2012 at 21:50
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    $\begingroup$ This question on Meta also provides general references for Stata: Internet Support for Statistics Software. $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Jan 8, 2012 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid that without more context this thread is likely to cover exactly the same material that was previously referenced on the above Meta thread. I'm closing it. $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Jan 9, 2012 at 15:01

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Stata comes with extensive help files and full manuals in PDF, with hyperlinks from the help files to the relevant manual entry. The help files give the syntax and examples, with some notes on using the command, and have extensive hyperlink cross-references. The manuals explain the syntax, give examples of using the commands and interpreting the output, include the mathematical models being used when relevant, and give detailed references.

In addition, the source code for most of the commands (which are written in Stata's language) is easily viewed so you can see exactly what is being done.

There is also Statalist (http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/statalist.html), a very helpful email list.

Stata Press (http://www.stata-press.com/) publishes books on use of Stata or on areas of analysis with Stata as the software used.

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