Thursday, March 22, 2012

STATA access to World Bank data

Talk about bananas!  The World Bank has just published a new version of the wbopendata_module that gives STATA users direct access to a lot of their data!  More information here:

According to their website:
     1,000 new indicators for a total of 5,300 time series
     Access to the metadata including indicator definitions and other supporting documentation
     Links to maps from within STATA

And it couldn't be easier to get access, just type:

ssc install wbopendata

The help file gives you all the details

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dates and times in R

Nothing looks funnier than a patchy simian. That's why we sighed a great sigh of relief when we spotted this article on the lubridate package in R. It saves a great deal of hair pulling.