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st: summ, format


From   "SJ Friederich, Economics" <S.Friederich@bristol.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: summ, format
Date   Mon, 07 Jul 2003 20:08:43 +0100

Dear all,

A simple question in principle about the -format- option of -summarize-: from the online help, "format requests that the summary statistics be displayed using the display format associated with the variables rather than the default g display format."

Yet:

. g int edate = mdy(m,d,1900+y)

. l edate in 1

+-------+
| edate |
|-------|
1. | 13163 |
+-------+

. format edate %d

. l edate in 1

+-----------+
| edate |
|-----------|
1. | 15jan1996 |
+-----------+


. sum edate

Variable | Obs Mean Std. Dev. Min Max
-------------+--------------------------------------------------------
edate | 5243770 13243.04 48.59888 13163 13328


. sum edate, format

Variable | Obs Mean Std. Dev. Min Max
-------------+--------------------------------------------------------
edate | 5243770 13243.04 48.59888 13163 13328


The output is exactly the same. Does the option not work, or I am misunderstanding how it operates?

Thanks for any insights.

Sylvain

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Sylvain Friederich
Department of Economics, University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TN
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