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2018 Nordic and Baltic Stata User Group Meeting Oslo, September 12


The Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting will be held on 12 September 2018 at the Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park. There will also be an optional course on 13 September. This meeting will provide Stata users the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and information on new applications of Stata. Representatives from StataCorp—Jeff Pitblado, Executive Director of Statistical Software, and Chuck Huber, Senior Statistician—will attend, and there will be the usual "Wishes and grumbles" session, at which you may air your thoughts to Stata developers. Everyone who is interested in Stata is welcome.



Paper abstracts available here


8:30-9:00.  Registration

9:00-9:05.  Opening


Session 1

Chair: Tor Åge Myklebust, Cancer Registry of Norway


9:05–9:40.   Literate programming: Using log2markup, basetable, and matrixtools

Niels Henrik Bruun, Aarhus University


9:40–10:15.   Exploring marginal treatment effects: Flexible estimation using Stata

Martin Eckhoff Andresen, Statistics Norway

10:15–10:40.   Calculating polarization indices for population subgroups using Stata

Jan Zwierzchowski, SGH Warsaw School of Economics


10:40–10:55 Break


10:55–11:35.  Calibrating survey weights in Stata

Jeff Pitblado, StataCorp


11:35–12:15.   Estimation and inference for quantiles and measures of inequality with survey data

Philippe Van Kerm, Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research


12:15–1:15 Lunch


Session 2

Chair: Yngvar Nilssen, Cancer Registry of Norway


13:15–14:15.   Introduction to Bayesian analysis using Stata

Chuck Huber, StataCorp


14:15–14:30 Break


14:30–15:30.   merlin: Mixed effects regression for linear and non-linear models

Michael J. Crowther, University of Leicester


15:30–15:55.   Producing up-to-date survival estimates from prognostic models using temporal recalibration

Sarah Booth, University of Leicester


15:55–16:10 Break


16:10–16:35.   Analyzing time-to-event data in the presence of competing risks within the flexible parametric modeling framework. What tools are available in Stata? Which one to use and when?

Sarwar Islam Mozumder, University of Leicester


16:35–17:00.   Standardized survival curves and related measures from flexible survival parametric models

Paul C. Lambert, University of Leicester and Karolinska Institutet


17:00–17:30.   Wishes and grumbles
Chuck Huber and Jeff Pitblado, StataCorp

17:30 Closing



To register for the meeting, please send an email no later than September 5 to containing your name, affiliation, and contact details. 

Scientific committee

Yngvar Nilssen, Statistician, The Cancer Registry of Norway – Institute of Population-based Cancer Research.

Arne Risa Hole, Reader in Economics, University of Sheffield.

Morten Wang Fagerland, Biostatistician, Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Oslo University Hospital.

Øyvind Wiborg, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.

Peter Hedström, Professor, Institute of Analytical Sociology, Linköping University.

Committee email:


Logistics organizers

The meeting is jointly organized by The Cancer Registry of Norway – Institute of Population-based Cancer Research and Metrika Consulting AB. Metrika is the distributor of Stata in the Nordic and Baltic regions. For further information, please visit or contact them at


Meeting coordinators:

Bjarte Aagnes, Cancer Registry of Norway.

Ronnie Babigumira, Cancer Registry of Norway.




The meeting is free, but there will be a small optional fee to cover the cost for lunch. Due to the few alternatives at the conference venue, we recommend ordering the optional lunch.


Getting to the venue

From Oslo Airport, the Airport Express Train leaves every 15 minutes and takes 25 minutes to Nationaltheatret Station, next to the metro station at the main street Karl Johans gate.

From Nationaltheatret Station the westbound metro line 3 (Kolsås) will take 14 minutes to Montebello metro station, a ten minutes easy downhill walk to the meeting venue next to Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park

The meeting will be held at the new research building (Building K), Auditorium FOBY (Forskningsbygget), Radiumhospitalet, Oslo University Hospital, Ullernchausseen 70, 0310 Oslo, GPS:59.9307,10.662.


Guide to Oslo

The official travel guide to Oslo



In the city center around the main street Karl Johans gate you can find a range of hotels. Early booking is recommended. Some you might consider:

(4-star) Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz.

(4-star) Hotel Bristol.

(4-star) Hotel Christiania Teater.

(2-star) Cochs Pensjonat. Pension on the corner of Royal Palace Park with a popular combination of central location, solid accommodation and reasonable prices.


At the venue:

(3-star) Norlandia Hotell Montebello, a patient hotel with limited places during the week for non-patients.


Further information on accommodation etc.