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st: Crossed wires? Table set wrong? (table command, rel 10)

From   "Allan Reese (Cefas)" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>, "Stata Technical Support" <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Crossed wires? Table set wrong? (table command, rel 10)
Date   Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:29:47 -0000

The help for table states 
"    Options
      row                  add row totals
      col                  add column totals
but this example shows the opposite.

. table Station comply230, col

          |      comply230     
  Station |     0      1  Total
          |    29     93    122
     10W2 |            4      4
     10W3 |     2      3      5

[R] p404 is consistent with the output: "col specifies that a column be
added to the table reflecting the total across columns" but that's not
the usual logic or English.  It's also perversely the opposite of "tab ,
row/col" which report the row/col percentages.  It clearly fooled the
documentation writer as p407 contradicts, "We can obtain row totals by
specifying the row option ..."

Computers do what you tell them, not what you want.

R Allan Reese
Senior statistician, Cefas
The Nothe, Weymouth DT4 8UB 

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