Stata Workshop: Prep


Please complete the following tasks prior to our first meeting so that we can devote more time to exploring the statistical software and less to troubleshooting technical issues. 

Task 1: Become comfortable accessing the software

Please familiarize yourself with the sign-on process prior to the start of the instructional series.  Much of the following is available through the Stata Resources LibGuide, but is reprinted here with additional detail. 

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--

  • Go to 
  • Select “Install VMware Horizon Client”
  • Select the appropriate client.  Most users will select “VMware Horizon Client for Windows” 
  • Select Download
  • Double click on the downloaded software and install
  • Start the software by double clicking on the “VMWare Horizon Client” link on your desktop


  • If asked, add new server “” without quotes
  • Click on the three small dots in lower right corner of icon.  Select "Connect"

  • Log in with your VUNET credentials

  • When asked to authenticate with Duo Mobile, enter "push" (without quotation marks).  Confirm access in Duo Mobile with designated MFA device (e.g., cell phone, tablet, etc.)

  • Select VUDS as the login option and not VANDERBILT
  • Enter your VUNET credentials again.  You will be authenticated and granted access

  • Click three small dots at lower right of “Stata for Heard Libraries” icon; select "Launch."
  • You will be redirected to the virtual desktop.  Click on the Stata/BE desktop icon to access the software.

Task 2: Locate computer for use in the workshop

You are encouraged to bring to the workshop your own laptop.  Because we will be accessing Stata through VMware's virtual desktop, Mac and PC machines should behave identically (though there may be minimal key-command differences) and you may use either.  

If you do not have access to a laptop, then you may borrow one from the library.  We withhold from circulation for this purpose a number of Dell laptops. 

Task 3: Acquire portable data storage device

The VMware virtual desktop, through which we will be accessing Stata, automatically deletes all saved work upon logoff.  It also makes accessing and saving work to shared drives a hassle. 

The virtual desktop will, however, recognize a portable drive, and this is probably our best solution for data storage and recall throughout the instructional series.

Please bring to our first meeting a USB flash drive.  These devices are small, cheap, and abundant. 

In fact, I suspect two or ten of these things are kicking around the bottom of your book bag. 

If you do not have one, they can be purchased for less than $5 here, here, or here

Particularly if you plan to use one of the library's laptops, please ensure you have a USB A-Male (rather than USB C-Male) drive.  USB 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1 drives should all work fine (these generational designations tend to indicate differences in file-transfer rates, not system compatibility).

Portable HDDs and SSDs also will work fine.  


There is no need to wipe existing drives in preparation for our workshop.  Both the datasets with which we will be working and the files we will generate are relatively small.  For our purposes, 1GB of free space will be more than sufficient.  In fact, even 250MB or so of free space should be fine.

But as you begin pursuing your own statistical projects, you may want to organize a data storage workflow involving one or more dedicated drives as well as backup protocol.  We will discuss this further during the instructional series.  

Task 4: Download datasets

Please download the following files to the portable drive you plan to bring to the workshop.  These are direct download links to a .csv file (Comma Separated Values format), an .xlsx file (native Excel dataset format), and a .dta file (native Stata dataset format), respectively. 



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Paul Rosenstein
Central Library
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Subjects: Economics