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st: percent format

From   Jeph Herrin <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: percent format
Date   Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:05:14 -0400

I often work with percentages, and find it somewhat annoying that
I have to convert numbers to strings to get them to show up with
a %-sign. This is particularly a nusiance with graphs, where a histogram
that might naturally use %s on the y-axis cannot be persuaded
to do so without generating the frequencies first, relabeling them
as strings with %s, and then making a two-plot. Is there a trick that
I don't know about? Is there a reason that Stata avoids, eg, -format %6.1p-?
Seems like it would be a trivial modification at some level.

BTW, I use Stata 9, in case it matters.


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