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st: RE: ordering of categories when cross-tabulating

From   Nick Cox <[email protected]>
To   "'[email protected]'" <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: ordering of categories when cross-tabulating
Date   Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:06:16 +0100

Yes. Your variable is string. You must map that to a numeric variable using -encode- after defining value labels. 

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Vitorino, Maria Ana

I'm trying to produce a simple cross-tabulation table with gender on the rows and how important people think a program X is on the columns.
The categories for the columns are " Very important", "Somewhat important", "Not Important"

Is there a way I can guarantee that the order in which the column categories are displayed are (from left to right) " Very important", "Somewhat important", "Not Important".
Stata usually orders them alphabetically but I'm interested in a specific ordering.

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