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STATA - Closed

Taught by Yusun Kim ( and Saied Toosi (

6 week mini course

Friday, February 9 to Friday, March 23

9:00-11:30 in Crouse-Hinds 001

Open to PAIA students/limited seating

Course info:

Familiarity with programming languages such as Stata have increasingly become a requirement to many entry-level analyst positions. As Stata slowly replaces SPSS as one of the primary tools of MPAs entering the labor force, a basic understanding of Stata programming can greatly increase marketability and initial usefulness to prospective employers. The primary objective of this training is twofold: (1) to expose students to a variety of basic tasks which constitute the foundations of Stata Programming and (2) to help the students create a portfolio of code which they can use to show potential employers their current proficiency levels. Moreover, as more organizations require “Stata tests” during the application period, this course should help increase their comfort with materials tested which, hopefully, will increase their competitiveness on the job market.

Sessions 1 through 3: Using materials prepared by Stata Corp, we will work through a sample session which overviews a variety of tasks useful for students in both their academic and professional lives. Tasks covered include a general exposure to Stata software program interface, accessing data, creating descriptive statistics, making graphs, and estimating simple regression models. See for session materials.

Sessions 4 through 6: After overviewing the basic capacities of Stata, we will cover database creation and management in Stata, which will include subsections on importing data into Stata, merging data files, and cleaning variables. At the end of this session, the students will have an opportunity to apply what they have learned by investigating how high school exit exams have influenced the high school graduation rates in the United States. 

During each session, we will rotate between instructor led mini-sessions and student-paced programming on individual computers, which is why students must have access to Stata. This course will be very hands-on for the students, as the best way to learn programming is to actively work through the materials. For students seeking to increase their knowledge outside of the six sessions, the instructor will also assign voluntary problem sets which they can use to (1) receive more detailed feedback from the instructor and (2) as additional pieces of their programming portfolios.  

Communicating with Data - Closed

Taught by Sarah Mawhorter

6 week mini course

Wednesday, January 31 to Wednesday, March 7

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in tbd

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