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st: RE: New package -bynote- on SSC

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: New package -bynote- on SSC
Date   Thu, 8 May 2008 21:50:26 +0100

A "futility" sensu meo is just a little utility for working with
_f_iles. That's all my idea of frivolous wordplay (a little in the
manner of John Tukey, although without the genius) and not at all
anything pejorative. I believe that I have applied the word _only_ to
some of my own programs. Roger's free to do the same! 

[email protected] 

Newson, Roger B

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new package -bynote- is now available for download
from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do this.

The -bynote- package is described as below on my website. It may look
like what Nick Cox calls a "futility". However, it is likely to be
useful for users like me, who routinely use 3 or even 4 by-variables in
a -by()- option for a graph, and who sometimes find that, by default,
Stata doesn't always use all the variable labels, and/or doesn't give
the overall note in exactly the format they wanted. Such users may also
want to reserve the option of modifying variable labels in an upstream
program a few months later, and expect this modification to carry
through to their multiple by-group graphs.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Email: [email protected] 
Web page:
Departmental Web page:

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

package bynote from

      bynote: Create a note with a user-specified format for use with
the by option

      bynote creates a note for use as the note() suboption of the
      by-option of the graph command.  This note is made up of the
      variable labels of the variables in the varlist, if these labels
      exist, and of the names of these variables otherwise.  The user
      can specify a format for this note, and/or save it in a local
      macro.  The by-option automatically sets the overall note()
      suboption to a list of by-variable names and/or labels by default,
      but it does not always have the format that the user wanted, and
      may not use all the variable labels.
      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 08may2008
      Stata-Version: 10

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