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Re: st: STATA Pivot capability


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: STATA Pivot capability
Date   Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:42:22 +0000

Questions assuming familiarity with the details of MS Excel cut down
the readership quite a bit.

My guess is much the same as Jay's, and the answer is that you can
import this; you will need to -reshape- afterwards to do very much
useful

Nick

On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM, JVerkuilen (Gmail)
<jvverkuilen@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM, Michael Stewart
> <michaelstewartresearch@gmail.com> wrote:

>> I am trying to find if Stata can import/export data  from/to excel in
>> the form of pivot table for excel.
>> Can anyone help me .
>
> If you would explain what the pivot table is that would help. I seem
> to recall it's a cross tab (like what Stata generates with
> -tabulate-), with rows and columns being categories of a nominal
> variable such as occupation by state. If so Stata "prefers" to have
> these represented differently. If the pivot was:
>
>        A1  A2    A3
> B1   x11 x12  x13
> B2   x21 x22  x23
> B3   x31 x32  x33
>
> Stata would really prefer you lay out the data as:
>
> A    B   X
> 1    1    x11
> 1    2    x21
> 1    3    x31
> 2    1    x21
> 2    2    x22
> 2    3    x23
> 3    1    x31
> 3    2    x32
> 3    3    x33
>
> But it depends a lot on what you intend to do with the data.
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