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st: LaTeX in variable labels for esttab

From   Bert Lloyd <>
To   statalist <>
Subject   st: LaTeX in variable labels for esttab
Date   Fri, 25 May 2012 12:06:40 -0400

Dear Statalist,

I have a question about creating LaTeX tables using esttab (version
2.0.5  09mar2009, downloaded by -net install estout.pkg-).

I would like to include LaTeX markup in the variable labels. For
example, suppose I have a variable rho_1 and I would like it to appear
in the table as a rho symbol with a 1 subscript.

In stata, I create the label as follows"
label variable rho_1 "$\rho_{1}$"

and call esttab using the label option.

However, esttab protects the underscore character by adding a
backslash, so the LaTeX code that is created is:
and what appears in the compiled pdf is a rho symbol, followed by an
underscore, followed by a 1 (not as a subscript).

Is there a way to turn off this protection? (Which, of course, makes a
great deal of sense in many contexts.)



PS - Stata 11.2 SE on Windows 7 64 bit, with the same phenomenon
observed on Stata 12.
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