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st: New version of -factext- on SSC

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: New version of -factext- on SSC
Date   Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:05:45 +0100

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new version of the -factext- package is now available for download from SSC. In Stata, ise the -ssc- command to do this, or -adoupdate- if you already have an old version of -factext-.

The -factext- package is described as below on my website. The new version is intended to be the final version. It is still in Stata 10, with the same ado-file. However, the on-line help has been tidied up to correct a few typos. And a note has been added, advising users that, if they are fortunate enough to have Stata Version 11, then they should probably be using the new -fvregen- package instead.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Web page:
Departmental Web page:

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package factext from

      factext: Extract factor values from a label variable created by parmest

      factext is used to extract factors (categorical variables) from a
      label variable in an output data set created by the parmest package.
      The parmest package creates a data set with 1 obs per estimated parameter
      and data on the parameter estimates, confidence limits, P-values, and
      (optionally) also a variable named label, containing the variable label for
      the X-variable corresponding to the parameter. If the X-variable is a dummy
      variable created by xi, tabulate or John Hendrickx's desmat package, then the
      value of label will be of the form "varname==value", where varname is a
      variable name and value is a numeric or string  value. factext uses this
      information to create new factors (categorical variables) with the specified
      varnames and values. These new variables can then be used to produce tables
      and/or plots. factext can be used together with the descsave package, also
      downloadable from SSC or from this website. Users of Stata versions 11
      and above should probably use the fvregen package, also downloadable from
      SSC, instead of using factext.
      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 11august2009
      Stata-Version: 10

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