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Venable <venablito@gmail.com> |

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st: Request for advice on simple summary tables for LaTeX |

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Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:22:21 -0400 |

Dear Statalisters, I have been experimenting with a few different methods for creating tables of summary statistics in LaTeX. For example, I would like to present the mean, 25th percentile, median and 75th percentiles of the variables price, mpg and weight in the auto.dta dataset. There are a number of nice alternatives in Stata but I am having some trouble getting any of these to do exactly what I would like. The simplest option seems to be -latabstat-, as in latabstat price mpg weight, /// columns(statistics) statistics(mean p25 p50 p75) /// cap(Summary Statistics) clabel(summary-statistics) /// tf(summary-statistics) replace This is very easy to implement and produces nice-looking output, but as far as I can tell it is not possible to use variable labels. Is this correct? I very much like the look of the tables created by -tabout-, for example in the nice tutorial: http://www.ianwatson.com.au/stata/tabout_tutorial.pdf The tables in this tutorial look great, in particular the spacing of the horizontal lines. However, I am finding it difficult to figure out whether -tabout- is the right option for simple summary tables - it seems to be built for more complicated tasks. -sutex- is also very easy but appears to be limited to just a few statistics (mean, min, max). Finally, I wrote something myself to summarize, extract the r() information to a Stata matrix, and then convert that matrix to a LaTeX table using the -outtable- command. For example, cap program drop summaryrow program summaryrow args VarToSum matrix `VarToSum'=J(1,4,.) summ `VarToSum', detail local j = 1 local statistics_list mean p25 p50 p75 foreach statistic of local statistics_list { matrix `VarToSum'[1,`j']= `r(`statistic')' local j = `j'+1 } matrix colnames `VarToSum' = `statistics_list' local myrowname: variable label `VarToSum' matrix rownames `VarToSum' = `myrowname' end summaryrow price summaryrow mpg summaryrow weight matrix SummaryTable = price \ mpg \ weight outtable using SummaryTable, /// mat(SummaryTable ) /// nobox center f(%9.0f) /// caption("Summary Statistics") clabel(summary-table) /// replace This does allow me to use variable labels but is a bit hacked together given my poor programming skills. Also, it would be nice to tweak the spacing of the horizontal lines, which is probably possible but is a bit beyond me. In any event, I would really appreciate some guidance on how to combine the best of these methods. I apologize if this has been covered before or if the answer is obvious. I did some searching of the Statalist archives and looked through the help files of the different commands but was not able to figure this out. This is probably the result of my own deficiencies rather than any problem of the commands themselves. Thanks very much for any help you can provide. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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