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RE: st: Stata Estimates to LaTeX Tables

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Stata Estimates to LaTeX Tables
Date   Tue, 11 May 2004 17:56:24 +0100

As the very old joke goes, the great thing 
about standards is that there are so many to 
choose from. What we're seeing here, I suggest, is some 
difference across the spread of users in 
tribal habits. 

Another more recent jest asserts that attaching 
asterisks to classes of P-values is `a symbolism 
more appropriate to an hotel guide-book than 
a serious scientific paper' (P. Sprent JRSS A 
133: 139-165, 1970; quotation on p.143). Such 
disapproval hasn't stopped it becoming 
standard in some fields, and more importantly 
in some journals. 

Most bizarre of all is that the practice was introduced
by Frank Yates accidentally in his 1937 monograph
on experimental design. The asterisks were used
to indicate successive footnotes, but someone 
must have thought this a new standard notation. That's 
my version of the history any way: others may 
have older references. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Roger Newson
> Sent: 11 May 2004 17:37
> To:
> Subject: Re: st: Stata Estimates to LaTeX Tables
> At 09:02 11/05/04 -0700, Fredrik Wallenberg wrote:
> >I went back and looked at your enduser document but must 
> admit I don't see 
> >anything there that is useful to me. It doesn't look to me 
> that I can use 
> >-listtex- to produce the tables I'm used to (basically the 
> ones produced 
> >by outtex) where you get the significance mark next to the 
> estimate and 
> >the standard errors in parenthesis below.
> >
> >If I'm missing anything obvious, let me know.
> You should be able to produce tables like you are used to by using 
> -parmest- and -dsconcat-, followed by -tostring- to convert 
> the estimates 
> and SEs to string, followed by -replace- to add the 
> parentheses to the SEs 
> and the significance marks to the estimates, followed by 
> -reshape, long- to 
> put the parenthesised SEs below the estimates. The resulting 
> resultsset can 
> then be output using -listtex-. However, I myself have never 
> done this, 
> because, in the  medical sector, most people prefer estimates with 
> confidence limits, possibly followed by left-justified P-values to 2 
> significant figures (Stata format %-8.2g) if there is enough space.

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