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st: RE: RE: Displaying values less than one with a zero in front of the comma

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: Displaying values less than one with a zero in front of the comma
Date   Mon, 21 Feb 2005 21:34:35 -0000

The issue as I see it is not whether people want this. 
FWIW, I prefer leading zeros myself in this interval. 

The issue is that many, many Stata programs choose
particular formats for output. I am not clear how 
any global setting could be very effective given 
that fact. In other words, local freedom for 
programmers, StataCorp or not, to set up formats 
as they wish controlling their output is somewhat 
at odds with the idea of a universal instruction.

That doesn't rule out trying to give users some 
flexibility, as exemplified by many programmers' 
work, including Ben's. 

Elsewhere I have tried pushing the idea that 
an array of values may require an array (not 
necessarily of the same dimensions) of 
formats. This is standard in some languages, 
but not well supported in Stata. 


Jann, Ben
> There has been some discussion about displaying the 0 in front
> of the decimal point for numbers in (-1,1).
> Seb Buechte asked:
> > is there anyway to force stata to generally display 0.5 
> > instead of .5 ? 
> Thomas J. Steichen answered:
> > My experience is that 
> > g formats do not put the leading zero 
> > f formats        put the leading zero
> Thomas is right, of course. However, I think that it would
> be great to be able to choose whether to print the leading 
> zero or not in general (i.e. to be able to print the zero or 
> not in both the g and the f format). 
> For example, -estout- provides the -nolz- option ("no 
> leading zero") to get rid of the leading zeros in the f 
> format. I think it would be great if such functionality be 
> provided via -%fmt-.

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