Stata or R

February 10, 2011

(This article was first published on Enterprise Software Doesn't Have to Suck, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Recently I came across a complex model written in Access with complex SQL queries all over the place. The engineer who was maintaining it and I did some analysis and agreed that the model was using SQL in an unnatural way (things SQL isn’t good at) – complex logic, formatting etc. 
We agreed to use SQL and a more powerful programming language to re-build the model. The engineer is familiar with Stata, so he quickly wrote Stata code. When I looked at the Stata code, it looked fairly easy to reproduce it in R. I’ve posted some R commands for the Stata commands I found in that code. 
What are the advantages of using Stata? Why shouldn’t I use R for this?

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