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Re: st: saving tables in spreadsheet format

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   Re: st: saving tables in spreadsheet format
Date   Fri, 13 Sep 2002 15:26:11 +0100

At 09:44 13/09/02 -0400, Guillermo Cruces wrote:
Hello statlist,

I was wondering if there is a program in Stata to output the content of a table
into tab or comma separated values (so that it can be open automatically by
Excel or other spreadsheet programs). "outreg" is amazing, but as far as I know
it only works with regression output. "outtable" is great too, but it only
converts matrices (and only to Tex).
the "Copy table" option works perfectly, but it is not really convenient for a)
Large tables, b) Large number of tables.
if not available, I could try to write one.
The -outsheet- command creates a generic tab-separated or comma-separated spreadsheet, with rows corresponding to the observations of the current data set and columns corresponding to the variables of the current data set. Therefore, what Guillermo wants to do is probably best done as a two-step process, where you first create a Stata data set with observations corresponding to the rows of the table and variables corresponding to the columns of the table, and then -outsheet- that data set to a generic spreadsheet.

Guillermo doesn't state precisely what kind of table he wants to output. However, there are many tools in official and unofficial Stata which might be used to create a Stata data set for output to a generic spreadsheet using -outsheet-. The -collapse- and -contract- commands are used to create a Stata data set with 1 observation per by-group and data on frequencies and summary statistics for that by-group. The -parmest- package (downloadable from SSC) creates a Stata data set containing regression output, with 1 observation per parameter of the regression model, or 1 observation per parameter per by-group, and data on confidence intervals, P-values and other parameter attributes. The -reshape- command reshapes data sets, and is useful if you want to convert a table with 1 confidence interval per row to a data set with multiple confidence intervals per row.

I suspect that what Guillermo really wants to do is to output a table of the kind produced by -tabulate-. The way forward is probably to write a Stata program which produces an output data set with 1 observation per table cell and data including cell frequencies, cell percentages, row percentages and column percentages, and then to use -reshape- to re-arrange the cells into rows. I might write the required program when I have the time, unless Guillermo writes it and saves me the trouble.

I hope this helps.


Roger Newson
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