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Re: st: ordering of categories when cross-tabulating


From   Phil Clayton <philclayton@internode.on.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: ordering of categories when cross-tabulating
Date   Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:08:28 +1100

Dear Ana,

I would suggest encoding the string variable as a numeric variable with value labels. That way you can order them however you like, and it's more compatible with various commands. See -help encode- and also [U] 23.2 Categorical string variables.

Regards,
Phil

On 19/10/2010, at 10:51 PM, Vitorino, Maria Ana wrote:

> Dear Statalist users,
> 
> I'm trying to produce a simple cross-tabulation table with gender on the rows and how important people think a program X is on the columns.
> The categories for the columns are " Very important", "Somewhat important", "Not Important"
> 
> Is there a way I can guarantee that the order in which the column categories are displayed are (from left to right) " Very important", "Somewhat important", "Not Important".
> Stata usually orders them alphabetically but I'm interested in a specific ordering.
> 
> Can this be done?
> Thanks!
> Ana
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