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Jordan H <jihool3670@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: issues using the user-written program tabout |

Date |
Fri, 8 Oct 2010 13:45:31 -0400 |

Thank you, Eric! Truncation was the issue. Jordan --- Jordan Hoolachan Department of Biostatistics Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 410-294-3670 On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM, Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu> wrote: > <> > > > My guess is that the variable list in -tabout- is limited to the string char limit of 244 characters, though I can't tell where this occurs from the source of tabout.ado. > > I've tested it with increasingly longer varlists (in terms of characters, not variables) and -tabout- always breaks when I hit the 244 barrier (sample code below) -- so, I've always just assumed the macro varlist in -tabout- is, at some point, converted to a string (and therefore truncated) as it's passed through the program. > > My solution has always been to just break it up into numerous -tabout- commands and append them together. So, you could change your second command to: > > ************ > tabout side_indicator-MidpointVariableHere paid_total_cat using tabletest.txt, /// > ... <all your options> .... /// > npos(tufte) replace > > tabout NextVariableAfterMidpoint-skin_indicator paid_total_cat using tabletest.txt, /// > ... <all your options> ... /// > npos(tufte) append > ************ > > and this will stack the tables together in one file (though it will add a new header row). > If you want to avoid the new header row, you could also shorten (-rename-) your variable names to stay under the 244 character limit. > > Test the length of your varlist with: > ********** > unab varlist: side_indicator-skin_indicator > di "`varlist'" > local length:length local varlist > di "`length'" > ********* > > > > > Finally, here's some code (mentioned above) to show an example of -tabout- breaking once your pass the 244 char barrier: > > ************************! > sysuse auto, clear > > unab varlist: mpg-for > di "`varlist'" > local length:length local varlist > di "`length'" > > qui { > tabout `varlist' using "tabletest.txt", /// > sum c(mean for) /// > npos(tufte) replace > } > > > **longer varlists** > forval n = 1/16 { > g newvariable`n' = 1 > > unab varlist: mpg-newvariable`n' > di in yellow "`varlist'" > local length:length local varlist > di in red "Length: `length'" > > qui { > tabout `varlist' using "tabletest.txt", /// > sum c(mean for) /// > npos(tufte) append > } > } > ************************! > > - Eric > __ > Eric A. Booth > Public Policy Research Institute > Texas A&M University > ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu > Office: +979.845.6754 > > > On Oct 7, 2010, at 5:10 PM, Jordan H wrote: > >> Dear all, >> >> I am trying to create a two way table with the levels of binary >> outcome variable (paid_total_cat) as the columns and the levels of >> numerous of predictor variables as the rows. I have used the >> following command to produce such a table for the predictor variables >> "thigh_upperleg_indicator" through "rib_indicator." >> >> tabout thigh_upperleg_indicator-rib_indicator paid_total_cat using >> tabletest.txt, /// >> sum c(mean paid_total_adjusted sd paid_total_adjusted min >> paid_total_adjusted p25 paid_total_adjusted p50 paid_total_adjusted >> p75 paid_total_adjusted max paid_total_adjusted) /// >> style(tex) font(bold) h3(nil) body f(2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm) >> npos(tufte) replace >> >> The above command works perfectly and gives me what I want. I also >> want to make an identical table using a different list of variables so >> I use the following command: >> >> tabout side_indicator-skin_indicator paid_total_cat using tabletest.txt, /// >> sum c(mean paid_total_adjusted sd paid_total_adjusted min >> paid_total_adjusted p25 paid_total_adjusted p50 paid_total_adjusted >> p75 paid_total_adjusted max paid_total_adjusted) /// >> style(tex) font(bold) h3(nil) body f(2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm 2cm) >> npos(tufte) replace >> >> The two commands are identical (aside from the predictor variables >> that are included in the list) but the second command gives me the >> error message: "paid_total_ ambiguous abbreviation >> r(111);" >> >> Since the predictor variables are what changes between the two >> commands, I'm assuming the new variables must be causing the issue. >> That being said, I've even gone so far as to manually write out all >> the variables that are referenced by the statement >> "side_indicator-skin_indicator" but that doesn't fix the problem. I >> have also used "set trace on" to try to pinpoint the issue but the >> programming used within tabout is far too complicated for my skill >> level. Here is the snippet of the trace output where the error >> occurs...perhaps you have a better grasp of what is going on within >> the program. >> >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ >> end tabout.sum_write --- >> - } >> - } >> - else if $do_svy==1 { >> = else if 0==1 { >> if $oneway==1 local hvar = "_xx_ph_xx_" >> if ($do_sum==0) svy_mat `v' `hvar' `svycat' `svylevel' `svyporp' `touse' >> else svy_sum `svy_sumvar' `v' `hvar' `svylevel' `colmat' `touse' >> do_write `v' `hvar' "`format'" >> } >> - global fpass = 0 >> - } >> - local vvarname : variable label `v' >> = local vvarname : variable label paid_total_ >> paid_total_ ambiguous abbreviation >> <------------------- here is the error >> if ("`vvarname'"=="") label var `v' "`v'" >> local vtype : type `v' >> if (substr("`vtype'",1,3)=="str") { >> capture encode `v', gen(_`v'_x) >> local v = "_`v'_x" >> global dropv = "$dropv `v'" >> } >> if ("`v'"=="`lastvar'") global lpass = 1 >> if $do_svy==0 { >> if $oneway==1 local hvar = "_xx_ph_xx_" >> if ($do_sum==0) { >> do_mat `v' `hvar' `weightstr1' `weightstr2' `colmat' `touse' >> do_write `v' `hvar' "`format'" >> } >> else { >> if ($oneway==0) sum_twoway `v' `hvar' `weightstr1' `weightstr2' >> `colmat' `statkind' `statvar' `touse' >> else sum_oneway "`cells'" `v' `weightstr1' `weightstr2' `touse' >> sum_write `v' `hvar' "`format'" "`cells'" >> } >> } >> else if $do_svy==1 { >> if $oneway==1 local hvar = "_xx_ph_xx_" >> if ($do_sum==0) svy_mat `v' `hvar' `svycat' `svylevel' `svyporp' `touse' >> else svy_sum `svy_sumvar' `v' `hvar' `svylevel' `colmat' `touse' >> do_write `v' `hvar' "`format'" >> } >> global fpass = 0 >> } >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ >> end tabout --- >> r(111); >> >> >> >> Does anyone have any insight into this issue? >> >> Thanks for the consideration, >> Jordan >> >> * >> * 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/ > > > > * > * 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/ > * * 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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**Re: st: issues using the user-written program tabout***From:*Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu>

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