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Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist


From   Bert Lloyd <bert.lloyd.89@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist
Date   Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:37:52 -0500

On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM, William Buchanan
<william@williambuchanan.net> wrote:
> I'm not sure what value is gained from labeling missing values when there is no indication why the values are
> missing to begin with. If you know why specific values are missing then just use the extended missing values
> and label away.

Here is one example:

Suppose there are .-values in variable A.

estpost tabulate A B, mi
esttab using whatever.tex, booktabs replace ///
  unstack label

The problem is that esttab exports "_missing_", which causes problems
in latex. One can substitute("_missing_" "Missing") but it would be
more straightforward if .-values were labeled properly from the start.

> If you're concerned about missing string values you could just replace the missing value with whatever you
> planned to label it as.

But then they wouldn't be missing.

>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 19, 2013, at 15:24, Bert Lloyd <bert.lloyd.89@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Allow a value label for . (sysmiss, numeric missing value).
>>
>> Extended missing values for string variables.
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