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st: save two-way tables as a dataset


From   Hewan Belay <hewan_belay@yahoo.com>
To   Stata List <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: save two-way tables as a dataset
Date   Thu, 3 Jun 2010 08:17:03 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Statalist,

Back in 2009 there was a thread about how to save stata outputs, such as outputs from the -table- command, as datasets: 
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2009-04/msg00321.html .
This seems to work well only in one-way tables. For example, using the example Martin gave back then, the following works well:

sysuse auto, clear
table rep78, contents(sum headroom ) row 
table rep78, contents(sum headroom ) row replace
list

However, I want to save a twoway table as a dataset. Notice that the datset doesn't look much like the output table:

table rep78 foreign, contents(sum headroom ) row 
table rep78 foreign, contents(sum headroom ) row replace
list

I want it to look more or less like the output table, that is, in this case a dataset with three variables--rep78, domestic, and foreign--for example so that I can create, say, an additional variable which gives me the ratio of domestic to foreign etc. Sure, I can do -reshape- and so forth, but it would be much cleaner if the output could be produced as a dataset without me having to write several lines to get it to look like the output.

Thanks for any help on this,
Hewan


      
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