Major thing off my list for this sabbatical is revising the book on categorical dependent variables in Stata that I have with Scott Long. (No word yet on when it will be out.)
I might say more about that project later, but just wanted to mention a style tidbit from working with our editor at Stata Press, who’s both a great econometrician and great guy.* He took us to task for all the times in our draft we made reference to “estimating a model” (or, e.g., “we estimated a logit model in which…”). We were offered two alternatives: saying that we “fit a model” or that we “estimated the parameters of a model.”
Given that I see “estimate a model” phrasing all the time, I thought I’d pass it along to anyone else who may be as eager as me to maximize the extent to which we at least look like we know what we’re talking about.
* Bonus fun fact: even though this person has been at Stata since before the first edition of our book, and so is by no means young, his dissertation adviser was my colleague Art Stinchcombe’s son. Small world, academia.