RStata: Funny or just annoying?

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Okay okay.  The joke is up.  Besides likely necessitating an emergency call to from the Stata Management Team to the Stata Legal Team, my post on April 1st of 2014 entitled “RStata: Stata Fully Mapped into R“, was intended as a practical joke.

Yet, perhaps as a joke on me, the post has become one of my most popular posts of all time with over 450 facebook likes on R bloggers and more than 60 tweets.  The popularity of the post has left me wondering how many people have shared it due to what it claims to do or rather because it is a joke.  In addition, an angry comment and several desperate emails by readers have made me somewhat regretful of the post.

I an attempt to make things better, I have begun a “Stata – R Dictionary” in which 50+ common commands are “translated” between Stata and R including descriptions.  The “dictionary” is a simple github markdown wiki page which should be editable by anybody.

I believe there is some benefit of being able to create such a catalog of commands so that users who have experience in one system can easily look up how to do the same command in the other system.  My hope is that others who are also experienced in using both R and Stata will feel inclined to add to what I have started.

You can find the Dictionary on Github.

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