New functionality spring 2022

Overview of new functionality made available during the first half of 2022.

We have developed and made available new functionality this spring, in collaboration with users. Below follows a quick summary of key functionality rolled out in this period.

Increased user-friendliness – more efficient workflows

During March we launched a range of big and small improvements such as more intuitive error messages, more available help texts and printer friendly versions of script and command line outputs.

Outer join

In April we launched a new import option outer_join for increased flexibility in data merging. This option is particularly useful when dealing with e.g. monthly employment data and other data where population changes occure frequently.

Outer join is also useful when combined with the reshape/panel commands made available in June (more on those below).

Simplified recode of string variables

In May, the recode-command was extended with support for recoding of string/alphanumeric variables.

Using recode for string variables can reduce script length and execution time.

New variants of marginal effects available for logistical regressions

After several user requests, we have launced support for more variants of marginal effects for logistic regressions.

Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition

1 June we presented the new command oaxaca.

The command executes a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition to measure if there are systematic differences between two groups, e.g. men and women, and the differences are further decomposed into an explained and an unexplained component. 

New recode tool

Later in June, a new recode tool was released.

The tool simplifies working with large and/or standardized recode expressions, and supports uploading correspondence tables in CSV format.

Transformation between wide and long data format

During June we also made available two new transformation commands; reshape-to-panel and reshape-from-panel.

These commands let users restructure data from wide to long format, and from long to wide, respectively. This pair of commands solves a set of problems earlier reported by users, and opens for increased flexibility enabled by the ability to juggle data between the two orientations.