I just ran across a very useful ado.-file called use13 which allows to open files in Stata 12 which were originally saved in Stata 13 (which often results in the error code “r(610): file not Stata format”). use13 can be installed by typing
ssc install use13
This will then convert the Stata13 data file to use in Stata12.
Note: An alternative to use13 is to use saveold when creating the data file in Stata 13 (instead of save):
saveold filename [, saveold_options]
While you can simply drag & drop images in MS Word or Powerpoint, doing this in Latex requires a few more steps. An important difference is that in Latex, you first need to save the copied file as a separate image file which can then be included in the Latex code. For this purpose, we need a decent image editor. I recommend using Continue reading
I just came across a very simple way to retrieve the full BibTex-Code from DOI. Just copy the DOI of a paper you want to cite and paste it into the search field of this website: http://www.doi2bib.org/
There are a lot of sources giving advice on how to format your Latex tables. Adrian P. Robson (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote a very good and comprehensive guide on formatting tables in Latex. Just follow the following link to download the PDF file:
LATEX Table Hints and Tips (by Adrian P. Robson, email@example.com)
Stata Corp. announced a channel on YouTube. Yes, I know, it is not exactly television, but you can lean back and watch videos on how to do something with Stata.
Here is the link
Despite most sources tell that the storage type in stata should not matter, it is worth checking whether this is the case for your dataset. I just came across a situation where two identically constructed datasets (one stored in default type (float) and one stored in double) generated different output. Also before that i encountered a problem with person identifiers in the GSOEP if using the default data storage. If your dataset is not huge (with the GSOEP it still works quite ok) it might be worth to take the safe side and use
set type double
before you assemble your data set. This saves the data in the most precise way stata offers.
Submitting (LaTeX) written papers has some advantages: one usually does not have to change any formatting manually. LaTeX does that for us if it is instructed to do so. Journals often want the submissions to be formatted in a peculiar way. My challenge was to change footnotes to endnotes. I did remember that it was easy in LaTeX, but not how it was done, so Google had to help me …