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Re: st: Useful labelling of dummy variables following logit

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Useful labelling of dummy variables following logit
Date   Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:27:38 +0100

Although it's a fair way from the question, I will add that if I had
your problem I'd much prefer to work at a graphical display of odds
ratios and confidence limits with variable labels as horizontal text.


On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Maarten Buis <> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM, Tim Evans wrote:
>> Thanks for your help. I guess what I'm after is the labelling of the dummy variables when printed in the output table. I couldn't get dummieslab to work very well on the example using the auto data - I got this error message:
>> sysuse auto
>> (1978 Automobile Data)
>> label define newfor 0 "Domestic car" 1 "Foreign (European or Japanese) car"
>> label values foreign newfor
>> dummieslab foreign
>> dummieslab foreign, word(1)
>> dummieslab foreign, word(-1)
>> implied variable names contain duplicates
>> r(498);
> That makes sense: In the last the last call to -dummieslab, you are
> asking the names of the variables to come from the last word of each
> value label. In this case that is for each category the word "car".
> You cannot create two variables with the same name, so it should exit
> with an error, which it does.
>> Even after this works, I'm not sure this would follow through to the table.
> In the output table you see the names of the variables, as the names
> of the variables now somewhat correspond to the value labels, you now
> get closer to what you want. It may still look horrible because
> variable names may not contain characters like "(" or " " or when the
> names are very long. If that is too big a problem for you, than there
> is no other option than to create and name the dummy variables
> yourself. That way you can fine tune the names to represent the
> balance between clarity and length of the name.
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