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Re: Re: st: Time-series operators and -outreg-

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: Re: st: Time-series operators and -outreg-
Date   Thu, 2 May 2013 18:23:18 +0100

I think the difficulty is two-fold with these modified labels. You
are, I think, right in guessing that the programming is not inherently
difficult, but that is not the issue.

First, what if the label is already at its limiting length? Then you
can't add to it. That's not fatal, because you could prepend and
truncate the rest, and a Stata program could always print a variable
label, and then some more text,

but but but

Second, in virtually all these tables the designer is always wrestling
with length. Users almost always want to squeeze and squeeze more and
more in. (Stars too, on which there are varying views.) It seems that
users always want to add text or results and also get irritated when
any stuff is abbreviated. Only the other day someone was complaining
about variable name abbreviations.

John will have deeper comments, but I suspect a first answer is
largely, "You can have that if you want, but you won't much like the

Some large fraction of folk tales hinge on someone being punished by
being given what they ask for....


On 2 May 2013 18:08, Jeremy Wells <> wrote:
> Drs. Cox and Gallup,
> Thanks for the help.
> And Nick, I usually check for appropriate titles, and I apologize for not doing
> so in this case. And I apologize for relying on Google. I appreciate your suggestion
> of turning to -findit-.
> Having dispensed with the personal matters, in general I have noticed Stata struggles
> with outputting variables affected by either time-series or interaction operators. It
> seems it would be a fairly simple matter for the programmers to come up with a bit
> of code that would replace -l.varname- with "varlabel (first lag)" or "varlabel lagged
> one period" or something similar; as far as Dr. Gallup's point goes, -l(2).varname-
> would then appear as "varlabel (second lag)" or "varlabel lagged two periods."
> Similarly -c.varname1#f.varname1- could be rewritten "varlabel1 interacted with
> varlabel2," "varlabel1 X varlabel2," or, again, something similar.
> The point is, it seems doable from someone with relatively no coding experience, so
> I am sure there are plenty of reasons why it cannot be done, but I will hold out hope.
> Thanks again,
> Jeremy Wells
> Ph.D. Student
> LSU Dept. of Poli. Sci.
> 324 Stubbs Hall
> Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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