Thank you Nick for your alternative suggestion.
In Stata 8.2, scalar `foosum' = r(sum) is an invalid syntax but checking on-line help showed valid syntax as scalar foosum = r(sum). This suggestion worked for my purpose and as you alluded, shorter than tabstat.
Regards,
bw
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> Subject: st: RE: RE: tabstat: how to save...
> Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 21:34:20 +0100
> From: n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>
> Or, to put it less gnomically, Stata did change this
> detail from Stata 8.2 to Stata 9. B. Water did declare
> use of 8.2. I used 9.2 without checking back that 8.2
> was similar.
>
> Nick
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>
> Nick Cox
>
> > As Kit points out, B. Water's failure to reproduce
> > what I typed accounts for their failure to
> > reproduce what I posted.
> >
> > In addition to this diversion, note that if the problem
> > is picking up a sum for future use, then -tabstat- is
> > a long way round.
> >
> > tempname foosum
> > su foo, meanonly
> > scalar `foosum' = r(sum)
> >
> > is more direct, with no hidden interpreted code,
> > as in -tabstat-.
>
> > Kit Baum
> >
> > > B.Water said
> > >
> > > matrices:
> > > r(StatTot) : 1 x 2
> > >
> > > . mat total = r(StatTotal)
> > >
> > > Well, if the matrix in Stata 8.2 is named r(StatTot), then
> > referring
> > > to r(StatTotal) doesn't make much sense...
> > > In Stata 9, tabstat returns r(StatTotal), which is probably
> > why Nick
> > > referred to that name.
> >
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