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?