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Fun with Stata: Games for Stata Edition

Over at Mitch's "Stata Daily" blog, he describes a "hangman" game sent to him by Marek Hlavac.  I'm a sucker for non-standard uses of Stata (e.g., [1] [2] [3]), so I played with it for a while.  This also convinced me to make public one of my earliest attempts at writing a Stata ado-file/program:  -blackjack-.

The game is played by typing -blackjack- into the command window and then the game prompts the user for the amount she wants to bet (default is $500 which replenishes after you lose it all or you exit Stata), and whether to hit or stay.  It doesn't accurately represent all the rules and scenarios of a real game a blackjack (e.g., no doubling down), so don't use it to prep for your run at taking down a Vegas casino.

Fair warning that -blackjack- is visually quite ugly (the cards tend to misalign; I could have come up with a better card design for face cards than a "{Stata}" center; and (because I was learning about Stata chars) I used some ascii symbols for suits instead of something simple like K, Q, J, A ) and I've run into the occasional bug that I haven't taken time to investigate & fix.
One thing I like about Hlavac's -hangman- is how he uses subprograms to define and display the stages of building the hangman.  I wish I had thought about this for displaying my cards -- it probably would have saved a lot of copying/pasting of -if- loops displaying the various card configurations.

Writing/tinkering with the ado-file for this game probably provided more amusement for me than actually playing it. It's a great mindless activity to do if you're doing some Stata coding and need a break.    Check out -blackjack- here.

At the Stata Daily blog, Nick J. Cox comments about some other Stata games/simulations/etc available at SSC:  -chaos- and -irrepro-. Also, I mention similar programs -dice-, -cards- (which I cannot get to work on Stata 11), and -heads- from UCLA's Stata page, see:
****
net install dice, ///
from(http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ado/teach) ///
replace all
****
All these are fun (and possibly instructive) programs for Stata.

Comments

  1. Well, I could probably alternate this with my favorite online poker game every time it's down. It sure is one way to kill time.

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