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st: RE: Scientific Notation Problem

From   "Newson, Roger B" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Scientific Notation Problem
Date   Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:11:31 -0000

A possible answer involves the -parmest- package, downloadable from SSC.
The -parmest- package inputs the results of an estimation command (such
as -total-) and outputs an output dataset (or resultsset), with 1
observation per estimated parameter, and data on estimates, confidence
limits, P-values and other parameter attributes, all of which may have
any format the user selects. This resultsset may be listed to the Stata
log and/or output to a disk file and/or saved to the memory (replacing
any existing data).
For instance, in your example, you might type, after the -total-

parmest, list(parm estimate stderr min95 max95) format(estimate stderr
min95 max95 %10.2f)

and the parameters, with their names, estimates, standard errors and
confidence limits will be listed, with all estimates, standard errors
and confidence limits formatted using the Stata format %12.2f (12 bytes
wide, 2 decimal places). There are a lot more tricks you can do with the
-parmest- package.

I hope this helps.


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
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From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Robert
Sent: 06 December 2007 17:14
To: [email protected]
Subject: st: Scientific Notation Problem

Hi Everyone,

This would seem like such an easy question, but I can't seem to find an
answer anywhere online or in books.

I have data for the 2000 US Presidential election by counties in the US.
All I want to do is to get a total vote for 
Each candidate.  When I use the total command (total gore), this is the
result I get.

Total estimation                    Number of obs    =    3155

             |      Total         Std. Err.     [95% Conf. Interval]
      gore |   5.12e+07    3210227      4.49e+07    5.75e+07

My question is: how can I get the totals to appear without scientific
notation? I have already tried reformatting the 
Variables and that doesn't work. I've spent two days now, off and on,
trying to figure this out and feel a bit foolish
Given that it seems like a simple question.

Thanks for any help or advice you can provide.


Robert L. Ostergard, Jr. 
Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
Mack Social Science, MS 302
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0060

Tel:  (775) 682-7767
Fax: (775) 784-1473
Email: [email protected]

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