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st: formatting for significant figures


From   "b. water" <barleywater@hotmail.com>
To   "statalist" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: formatting for significant figures
Date   Wed, 10 May 2006 13:05:36 +0000

hi all,

Stata 8.2,

Is there a way to format numericals results for significant figures. For example:

. sysuse auto

. gen trite=price/1000000

. l trite in 1/10, clean

         trite  
  1.   .004099  
  2.   .004749  
  3.   .003799  
  4.   .004816  
  5.   .007827  
  6.   .005788  
  7.   .004453  
  8.   .005189  
  9.   .010372  
 10.   .004082  

How can I format trite to display just 2 (or any number in general) significant figures? I looked at [R] Format,  [U] 15.5, help format, searched the list using 'signifcant figures' and Googled 'stata significant figures' but without success. Appreciate advice/help.

Regards,
bw

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