Stata Resources

Your source for all things Stata

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.    

Access

Free Access for Vanderbilt Users

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 VMware Horizon you will need a VUNet ID and will be required to use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). After you implement MFA:

  1. Go to http://anywherevu.vanderbilt.edu/ 
  2. Select either “Install VMware Horizon Client” (recommended) or “VMware Horizon HTML Access”

VMware Horizon Client

  1. Select the appropriate client.  Most users will select “VMware Horizon Client for Windows” 
  2. Select Download 
  3. Double click on the downloaded software and install. 
  4. Start the software by double clicking on the “VMWare Horizon Client” link on your desktop  
  5. If asked, add new server “anywherevu.vanderbilt.edu” without quotes 
  6. Doubleclick on “anywherevu.vanderbilt.edu” 
  7. Login with your VUNET credentials 
  8. You will be asked to authenticate with Duo Mobile; enter the six-digit code
  9. Select VUDS as the login option and not VANDERBILT
  10. Enter your VUNET credentials once again; you will be authenticated and given access
  11. Select “Stata for Heard Libraries”

VMware Horizon HTML Access 

  1. If asked, add new server “anywherevu.vanderbilt.edu” without quotes 
  2. Doubleclick on “anywherevu.vanderbilt.edu”
  3. Login with your VUNET credentials
  4. You will be asked to authenticate with Duo Mobile; enter the six-digit code
  5. Select VUDS as the login option and not VANDERBILT
  6. Enter your VUNET credentials once again; you will be authenticated and given access
  7. Select “Stata for Heard Libraries”

Reprinted from Frank Lester's "Ask a Librarian" response on October 27, 2021. 

 

 

Purchase for Personal / Professional Use

To purchase Stata for home, personal, and/or professional use

All users:

  1.     Go to https://www.stata.com/order/
  2.     Select United States (or appropriate country).
  3.     Click "View pricing" button at bottom.

For staff, faculty, or VU affiliates:

  1.     Select Education ► New Purchase ► Single User
  2.     Input "Vanderbilt University" or "Vanderbilt University Medical Center" in field titled "Enter Institutional Name."
  3.     Review differences between available Stata packages (more on this below).
  4.     Determine appropriate subscription length--annual or multiyear.
  5.     Select preferred plan and click green Buy button.
  6.     Follow instructions on screen to add product to cart, download, and install. 

For students

  1.     Select Student ► New Purchase
  2.     Review differences between available Stata packages.
  3.     Determine appropriate subscription length--6-month or annual--or opt for perpetual license.
  4.     Select preferred plan and click green Buy button. 
  5.     Follow instructions on screen to add product to cart, download, and install.

 

In case you run into issues downloading or installing the software package, StataCorp provides exhaustive instructions here.  

 

Stata Versions

Different Stata Flavors for Different Applications

StataCorp offers users the choice between three different software packages:

  • Stata/BE (Basic Edition)
  • Stata/SE (Standard Edition)
  • Stata/MP (Multiprocessor) 

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.