Provided below are detailed instructions for accessing the Stata software package.
Vanderbilt University provides its users with remote access to the Basic Edition (BE) of Stata via a virtual desktop. Alternately, educators and students may purchase more sophisticated versions of Stata at discounted rates.
The final section compares Stata's various software packages and offers recommendations according to users' needs.
The Vanderbilt University Library system provides remote access to both SPSS and Stata. Currently, the VU Library system maintains a Stata/BE (Basic Edition) network license for ten (10) simultaneous users. To use one of these copies of Stata, users must access a virtual desktop. The following set of instructions explains how.
Here are detailed instructions for accessing the virtual desktop for Stata (educational use only).
Please be aware that in order to access Vanderbilt's AWS Appstream you will need a VUNet ID and will be required to use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). After you implement MFA:
There is no “logout” option; when done, simply close the browser Window to disconnect.
To purchase Stata for home, personal, and/or professional use
StataCorp offers users the choice between three different software packages:
It is easy to get lost in a tangle of technical specifications, but suffice to say here that successive versions can process more data and process those data faster. Stata/BE, for example, can handle 2,048 variables and fit models with 798 independent variables. Stata/SE accommodates both datasets containing far more total variables--32,767--and models containing up to 10,998 independent variables. While the former package may be adequate for many uses, be aware that many of the most popular datasets in the social sciences can have many thousands of variables. For instance, the 2021 General Social Survey (GSS) has over 5,000. Stata/BE either may limit the researcher's ability to work with these datasets, limit her horizon of possible analytic models, or demand awkward workarounds in other statistical software (e.g., preparing data in SPSS or SAS for analysis in Stata). The cost savings between Stata/BE and Stata/SE may help one justify these limitations, or perhaps the user plans to work with smaller datasets.
In any case, please refer to StataCorp's comprehensive guide to the various Stata packages before finalizing any purchase.