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Swarthmore’s license for Stata BE is purchased primarily for teaching and student use. If faculty need Stata for research purposes (other than just trying something out), we strongly recommend that they purchase their own license for the version of Stata most appropriate for that use. This is also the basic level of Stata, there are much more powerful, large data set and multi-processor versions of the software that can take advantage more RAM and multiple processors for research purposes.
If you already have a version of Stata 16 or 17 you can update your program with only the license file.
To install Stata 18, double click the Stata installer file and follow the on-screen instructions. At the "Select Executables" screen select Stata/BE.
Once the installation is complete, before launching Stata, download and copy the Stata.LIC License File to C:\Program Files\Stata18 on Windows (Stata17 if you are using the previous version) or /Applications/Stata on macOS. If prompted, replace the existing file.