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st: AW: RE: RE: Suppress col total in tab2, tabout?

From   "Kaulisch, Marc" <>
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Subject   st: AW: RE: RE: Suppress col total in tab2, tabout?
Date   Thu, 5 Nov 2009 17:28:37 +0100

My hope was that Stata is far more advanced in its usability for reporting descriptive statistics. Formatting tables in any word processor (I do not know Tex) is very time consuming if it could not be well prepared from the statistics software. Even more if you have to deal with hundreds of tables as in our case.

The -estout-/-estpost- solution suggested by Martin is also no option as frequencies and col percentages are presented vertically - as far as my test of it went. But as I understood Phil this is the standard behaviour of -tabdisp-. My suggestion of a "nototal"-option was derived from the behaviour of -tab2way- to not display totals unless you specify it...

More astonishing is to have a look at the capabilities of SPSS in this regard. It got the table I wanted within a minute and an even more complicated version in two (see below).

For the Stata wishlist:

Rowvar	colvar1	colvar2
		1	2	1	2	3
		n C%	n C%	n C%	n C%	n C%


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: [] Im Auftrag von Nick Cox
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 5. November 2009 16:29
Betreff: st: RE: RE: Suppress col total in tab2, tabout?

The situation reminds me of graphics before Stata 8. 

1. The commands have got into a bit of a collective mess. 

2. Some key tasks can only be dealt with by using user-written commands.

3. Of course, we want not just output in Stata but also output in other file formats too, across platforms and across the range from *TeX to Excel. 

4. So we all want is an integrated, versatile and flexible set of commands. Oh, and they should be very simple to use and concisely documented. Oh, and totally programmable via Mata. 

Roll on the [T] manual. I cam visualize it now. 600 pages already... 


Philip Ryan

This thread is the latest in the long history of users expressing their desire for more customised tabular output than is currently possible with Stata. As I suppose would be the case at every Stata users group meeting, the "wishes and grumbles" session at today's 3rd Australian and New Zealand Stata Users' Group conference in Sydney raised the issue with Alan Riley and Bobby Gutierrez. The gist of the response was "we are interested and we are looking at it, but there are substantial challenges". 

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