# st: RE: statsby?

 From Roger Newson To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject st: RE: statsby? Date Tue, 03 May 2005 18:19:11 +0100

An alternative possibility is to use -parmest- together with -somersd- to produce an output dataset (or resultsset) with 1 observation per Kendall's tau-a, which you can then list and/or plot and/or tabulate. This method has the advantage of producing confidence limits as well as P-values for Kendall's tau-a, and also the option of using a normalising and/or variance stabilising transformation, such as the arcsine or the hyperbolic arctangent. The -somersd- and -parmest- packages are both downloadable from SSC.

To find out more about confidence intervals for Kendall's tau-a and other rank statistics, type in Stata

findit params

and you will be signposted to my website, where you can download a preprint of Newson (2002). To find out more about -parmest- and resultssets in general, type

findit resultsset

and you will be signposted to my website, where you can download a copy of my Stata User Meeting presentation on resultssets.

I hope this helps.

Roger

References

Newson R. 2002. Parameters behind "nonparametric" statistics: Kendall's tau, Somers' D and median differences. The Stata Journal 2(1): 45-64.

At 16:43 03/05/2005, you wrote:

```Dear Nick

Your solution is exactly what I needed.
A thousend thanks,
Sascha

Nick Winter wrote:
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```In Stata 8, this should do the trick:
. statsby "ktau x y " TauB=r(tau_b) P=r(p) , by(z) saving(myfile)
In Stata 9, it would be:
statsby TauB=r(tau_b) P=r(p) , by(z) saving(myfile) : ktau x y

--Nick Winter
At 04:49 PM 5/3/2005 +0200, you wrote:

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With STATA 8, I tried

_statsby "ktau x y" exp_list, by(v w z) saving(myfile)_

where for exp_list I tried _se and _b (I have to admit that the grammar of exp_list remains a riddle to me).

Regards, Sascha

Nick Cox wrote:

In principle, -statsby- sounds a good solution.
However, we cannot comment on what went wrong without seeing your code. Also, the syntax of -statsby- differs between Stata 8 and Stata 9, so you would need to specify version as well.
Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
Sascha Robert

I have to do a bunch of Kendall's tau correlations. Now the output of

_ktau x y, by(z)_

is quite exaustive, and I am mostly interested in
- Kendall's tau-a
- Prob > ¦z¦

Is there a way to direclty produce a table of the results, like

tau-a prob ...
a b ...
c d ...,

Is _statsby_ a solution for my problem? It does not seem to work for my puposes, though.
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