Thursday, February 26, 2015

Installing STATA on Debian GNU-LINUX

I needed to install STATA to collaborate with a colleague at work. The computer guy gave me the software on a disk, with an installation guide. Here are the commands I entered following those instructions:

Create a directory for Stata
# mkdir /usr/local/stata13
# ln -s /usr/local/stata13/ /usr/local/stata
Install Stata
# cd /usr/local/stata13
# /media/paul/Stata/install
Stata 13 installation

  1.  uncompressing files
  2.  extracting files
  3.  setting permissions

Done.  The next step is to run the license installer.  Type:

If the licensed software is Stata/IC 13, you will be able to run Stata/IC by typing
        xstata              (Run windowed version of Stata/IC)
        stata               (Run console  version of Stata/IC)

Run the license installer
There follows some questions about user name and affiliation. "The two lines, jointly, should not be longer than 67 characters."
Then comes the message:
Stata is initialized.
You should now, as superuser, verify that you can enter Stata by typing

        # ./stata
    # ./xstata

I added this to my .bashrc so that stata and xstata can be used as a command directly:
 export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/stata

Both command "stata" and "xstata" work as a normal user now.

There is an error message when running xstata:
'Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"'
But this was not a problem at the start.

GNOME application launcher

I added STATA to the GNOME application lancher, by typing "application" in the launcher, then "main menu", "new menu".

R to Stata

I use R most of the time for data analysis and will export csv files to STATA.
R command to export csv files:
write.csv(dtf, "filename.csv", row.names = FALSE, na = ".")
STATA command to import csv files:
insheet using "filename.csv", delimiter(",")

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