Thursday, February 23
PS1 Poster Session 1 and Opening Mixer Thu, Feb 23, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Conference Center AB

StatTag: A Reproducible Research Tool for Generating Dynamic Documents Using Microsoft Word (303411)

*Abigail S Baldridge, Northwestern University 
Luke Rasmussen, Northwestern University 
Leah J Welty, Northwestern University 

Keywords: StatTag, Reproducible Research, Microsoft Word, Stata, SAS

StatTag is a free plug-in for conducting reproducible research and creating dynamic documents using Microsoft Word and statistical software (Stata or SAS). StatTag was developed to address a need in the research community: there were no broadly accessible tools to integrate document preparation in Word with statistical code, results, and data. Popular tools such as Sweave, knitR, and weaver use LaTeX, Markdown, and plain text editors for document preparation. Despite the merits of these programs, Microsoft Word remains the mainstay, and sometimes singular option, for manuscript preparation in many fields. StatTag provides an interface to edit statistical code directly from Word, and allows users to embed statistical output (estimates, tables, and figures) within Word. This output can then be individually or collectively updated in one click with a behind-the-scenes call to the statistical program. With StatTag, modification of a dataset or analysis no longer entails transcribing or re-copying results in to a manuscript or table. This poster presentation will provide an introduction to StatTag including worked examples, and will be accessible to a wide range of users.