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st: RE: Stata Wish List
In reaction to the comments about getting report or paper quality
output from Stata:
I've joined this discussion a little late, and I'm sorry if I have
missed it, but I've not seen any mention of the -file- command.
I find -file- saves me a huge amount of time and is great when you need
to churn out many similar tables. It does require some programming.
Could it be simplified by making it possible to use file interactively
from the command window?
I use -file- to make tab-delimited tables that have the layout I want.
I control the layout, titles, the decimal places, put value labels in
the table for regression coefficients and so on. You can calculate
whatever percentages you like, and it is very fast. I've latterly
started to use it to make a text file which also contains HTML or Visual
Basic instructions with the results. I did this because I wanted to
arrange about 300 small graphs and couldn't do this within Stata (and I
tried with LaTeX but stopped when I realised how difficult it would be
to ask for an A3 page).
If Stata is to produce output for Word and other packages via HTML I
think it would be a good idea to be able to export graphs in gif format
(perhaps this is possible but I can't!). I haven't got good results
with png files even though Stata, Word and my browser all support these.
At the moment I can write html pages using -file- but can't
satisfactorily incorporate the graphs without an intermediate step. If
I could do that I'd be really happy.
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