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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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RE: st: RE: percent format |

Date |
Mon, 13 Jun 2005 20:55:26 +0100 |

I doubt you're missing anything. If you say within a -*label()- option .375 "37.5%" you are saying that even though the number is really .375 you want a display of "37.5%". This is a self-knitted percent format on the fly. As you are being straight with Stata, and Stata understands you exactly, and this is well understood as a need and well documented, I fail to see that any trickery is involved, let alone required. The only issue, as has been pointed out more than once already, is that a percent format would might less typing whenever you want this. Those who prefer to say "%" once can already do it concisely by just displaying the text character; those who prefer that a series of percents should all bear the percent sign will miss a percent -format- much more. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Fred Wolfe > It isn't so much the labels as the formatting of numbers. > Suppose one has a > 0/1 variables indicating positive/negative. Then in hbar, for > example, I > can get .375 to display with blabel. However I really want 37.5 or > sometimes 37.5%. I can only do that by tricking Stata - > unless I am missing > something > > At 12:36 PM 6/13/2005, you wrote: > >I have suggested this as a possibility privately > >to StataCorp, although I have two moods about it. > > > >In either a graph or a table, I find repeated > >percent symbols to be a constant element that > >should be factored out, as it were, and used > >just once, for example in a row or column heading or > >in an axis title. > > > >However, it is arguable whether StataCorp > >should play arbiter of elegance (for which > >the historical precedents are not attractive) > >whenever enough users really want something > >(although vibratory patterns in graphs are > >banned until the end of time). > > > >However, I don't know exactly what Jeph means here by > >conversion to string. You can use labels on > >the fly, as in > > > >... , yla(0 "0%" 10 "10%") ... > > > >the only problem being the tedium of typing. > > > >I'll add -prefix()- and -postfix()- options to > >my -mylabels- if I sense enough interest. > > > >Nick > >n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > > >Jeph Herrin > > > > > 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. > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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