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Help with R/SAS/SPSS/Stata

This page is a collection of links for help with using R, SAS, SPSS, and Stata. The guides are very "from-the-ground-up" and cover multiple topics, from the basics of getting data into the program to various common data-management tasks to introductory data analysis.

These guides generally focus on using syntax to work with and analyze data in statistical software. While there are learning curves of varying degrees of steepness with each of these applications, a syntax-based approach to working with data is a more robust and reproducible means of doing empirical analysis and is the flip side of proper citation with regard to the coin of transparency in quantitative research. Simply put, syntax is documentation that spells out what you did to process and analyze the data and produce your findings, and access to that syntax thus shows others how you got your results. Some journals such as the American Economic Review and the American Journal of Political Science even require submission of syntax for cleaning and analyzing data as part of their submission policies on data availability.


R Resources:

"Articles on Statistical Computing - R" from the Social Science Computing Cooperative, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Cookbook for R," by Winston Chang

"Getting Started in Data Analysis Using Stata and R," by Oscar Torres-Reyna, Princeton University

"Getting Started in R~Stata: Notes on Exploring Data," by Oscar Torres-Reyna, Princeton University

"Introducing R," by Germán Rodríguez, Princeton University

"Quick-R - 'Accessing the Power of R'"

"r4stats.com," by Robert A. Muenchen, the University of Tennessee

"R for SAS and SPSS Users," by Robert A. Muenchen, the University of Tennessee (.pdf)

"R for Stata Users," by Matthieu Gomez , Princeton University

"Resources to Help You Learn and Use R," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"Stata Fully Mapped into R," an R Package for Translating Stata Syntax into R Syntax


SAS Resources:

"Articles on Statistical Computing - SAS Basics and SAS Topics" from the Social Science Computing Cooperative, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Documentation for SAS Products and Solutions," from the SAS Institute

"Frequently-Asked Questions about SAS," from the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (via the Internet Archive)

"Introduction to SAS Version 8.2," from the University of Virginia's ITC Division (via the Internet Archive)

"Knowledge Base / Samples and SAS Notes," from the SAS Institute

"Resources to Help You Learn and Use SAS," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"SAS Analyst for MS Windows," from the Division of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"SAS Classes and Seminars," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"SAS I: Getting Started," from the Division of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"SAS II: Inferential Statistics," from the Division of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"Topics in SAS Programming," from UNC's Carolina Population Center


SPSS Resources:

"Articles on Statistical Computing - SPSS" from the Social Science Computing Cooperative, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Frequently-Asked Questions about SPSS," from the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (via the Internet Archive)

"Resources to Help You Learn and Use SPSS," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"SPSS Classes and Seminars," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software," from the Social Science Research and Instructional Center

"SPSS for Windows: Getting Started," from the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"SPSS for Windows: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics," from the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"SPSS for Windows: Displaying Data," from the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"SPSS for Windows: Data Manipulation and Advanced Topics," from the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas-Austin (.pdf)

"SPSS Tutorials"


Stata Resources:

"Articles on Statistical Computing - Stata Basics and Stata Topics" from the Social Science Computing Cooperative, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Getting Started in Data Analysis Using Stata and R," by Oscar Torres-Reyna, Princeton University

"Introduction to Stata," by Germán Rodríguez, Princeton University

"Frequently Asked Questions," from the Stata Corporation

"Resources for Learning Stata," from the Stata Corporation

"Resources to Help you Learn and Use Stata," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"A SAS User's Guide to Stata," from the UNC Carolina Population Center

"Stata Classes and Seminars," from UCLA's Academic Technology Services

"A Stata Tutorial," from the UNC Carolina Population Center

"Welcome to the Online Stata Tutorial at DSS," by Oscar Torres-Reyna, Princeton University

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