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Re: st: Can't get tabxml to work

From   Scott Talkington <>
Subject   Re: st: Can't get tabxml to work
Date   Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:46:48 -0500

Thanks, Nick. It's working now. I produce a lot of simple tabulations that go into Excel, and get tired of cutting and pasting.

1/6/2011 11:34 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
"the national study"? Lots of nations are represented on this list....

That aside, I can't see that it is documented but -tabxml- (from SSC)
evidently requires prior installation of -matsum- from

STB-39  dm49  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Some new matrix commands
         (help matfunc, varfunc if installed)  . . . . . . . . . . .  J. Weesie
         9/97    pp.17--20; STB Reprints Vol 7, pp.43--48
         collection of new matrix commands; several for explicit matrices
         and a few for implicit matrices (i.e., variables)
         see mata matrix language incorporated into Stata 9

I can't say what else may be required but not documented, as this
desire to convert to XML for Excel use is not one I've ever shared.


On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Scott Talkington<>  wrote:

I'm attempting to analyze some data from the national longitudinal study of
youth and output some simple tables to an Excel file that I can then map
into an Excel workbook template.  At this point I don't care where the data
is stored, I just want to get some output.

I want to look at a binary dependent variable for whether the respondent has
ever been convicted of a crime, by a discrete independent variable
indicating church attendance (4 categories).  I may add a second independent
variable later.  I'm just interested  in the percentages and frequencies,
but can format the output in Excel so don't even care if it's just a decimal
proportion.  (i.e. means for 0=never convicted vs 1=at least one

After installing the package and typing in the command line:

.tabxml, dv(con) ivd(church) options(n mean) osvy

I get the error the following error.

unrecognized command:  matsum

I can't find any information on this error, and haven't even issued a
"matsum" command so it must be coming from the tabxml ado file.  Is this
another package I need to install, or something that's just not working?

I'm using Stata Version 10.1 (the latest update).  I've also tried updating
the tabxml package but it's apparently already updated.

There's nothing terribly sophisticated about the statistics, although I
would like to get the chi-sq and pvalues or an F statistic for the bivariate
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