Stata

Stata is a powerful general purpose package for data analysis and data management. Stata covers a wide range of statistical techniques. The package analyzes data quickly by reading all data into memory which may be managed dynamically during a session.

Interactive Mode

  1. SSH onto the mercury login node with (optional) X11 forwarding ssh -X <BoothID>@mercury.chicagobooth.edu

  2. Request an interactive session on a compute node srun --pty bash -l

  3. Load the module with the desired version of Stata module load Stata/14/14.x.y

  4. Start Stata by typing one of the following:

    • stata-se for STATA Special Edition.
    • stata-mp for STATA Parallel Edition.
    • xstata-se for STATA Special Edition with X-Windows
    • xstata-mp for STATA Multiprocessing with X-Windows

Batch Mode

To run Stata in batch mode, generate a submission script similar to the one below, and run by typing sbatch submit.sh.

submit.sh
#!/bin/bash

#SBATCH --account=phd
#SBATCH --mem=1G
#SBATCH --time=0-01:00:00
#SBATCH --job-name=example_job

# Load the necessary software modules
module load stata/15.0

# create a new scratch directory for this job
scratch_dir="/scratch/${SLURM_JOB_USER}/${SLURM_JOB_ID}"
mkdir -p $scratch_dir

# use scratch dir to store tmp files
export STATATMP=$scratch_dir

# run script
dofile='program.do'
srun stata-se -b do $dofile

# remove scratch directory when done
rm -r $scratch_dir