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st: Labelling of categorical variables in regression outputs


From   Amal Khanolkar <Amal.Khanolkar@ki.se>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Labelling of categorical variables in regression outputs
Date   Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:14:19 +0000

Hello all,

I've been runnning regression models (linear & logistic) and my main exposure variable has 20 categories, including the reference. Having so many categories it often takes time to read the output as I forget what the categories are. In regression models, Stata names the categories as numbers '2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc....'. 

Is there any way by which I can tell Stata to instead the use the original labels for the categories?

The maine xpsore variable is country of birth as follows:

mother's country of |
              birth |      Freq.     Percent        Cum.
--------------------+-----------------------------------
             Sweden |  2,593,143       86.69       86.69
Western Europe + NA |     71,736        2.40       89.09
            Finland |    108,326        3.62       92.71
     Eastern Europe |     15,636        0.52       93.23
             Poland |     18,179        0.61       93.84
      F. Yugoslavia |     34,110        1.14       94.98
        Arab league |      8,687        0.29       95.27
               Iraq |     13,004        0.43       95.71
            Lebanon |     12,295        0.41       96.12
            Somalia |      7,122        0.24       96.36
              Syria |      9,360        0.31       96.67
             Turkey |     22,083        0.74       97.41
               Iran |     11,717        0.39       97.80
         South Asia |      9,341        0.31       98.11
   Ethiopia+Eritrea |      6,917        0.23       98.34
          East asia |     23,162        0.77       99.12
      Latin America |     10,111        0.34       99.46
              Chile |     10,512        0.35       99.81
             Africa |      5,759        0.19      100.00


- I've tried using the esttab & esttout commands but I haven't been able to solve the problem. I still get models where the above categories are labelled as numbers.

- so far I've used:

esttab, ci wide.

I wasn't able to find a function for the labelling.

- Could the porblem lie in how I have created the above labelling?

Thanks & regards,
/Amal.





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