Stata is a general-purpose statistical software package created in 1985 by StataCorp. It is used by many businesses and academic institutions around the world. Most of its users work in research, especially in the fields of economics, sociology, political science, biomedicine and epidemiology.
Stata's capabilities includes data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, and custom programming.
There are four major builds of each version of Stata:
- Stata/MP for multiprocessor computers (including dual-core and multicore processors)
- Stata/SE for large databases
- Stata/IC which is the standard version
- Small Stata which is a smaller, student version of educational purchase only