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st: table command returns different values every time

From   Rijo John <>
To   stata <>
Subject   st: table command returns different values every time
Date   Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:06:01 +0530

Dear Statalist,

I am running the following code to generate a certain table. Every
time restart stata and run the code it returns results wherein some of
the values are slightly different compared to the previous run. I am
talking about differences at 2nd, 3rd or higher decimals. What can I
do to make this stable? I think the difference is happening may be
because the sorting order is changing every time I restart stata. It
doesn't change within the same session. If I don't give the sort
command in between it still changes every time I run the program.

<---Code Begins --->
local fruit "Apple Apricot Bananas Mango Orange"
local num "1 2 3 4 5"
local n : word count `fruit'
forvalues i=1/`n'{
     sort id, stable
     local a : word `i' of `fruit'
     local b : word `i' of `num'
     gen `a'=0
     replace `a'=var1 if fruit==`b'
     table State sex if ag==2 [pw=mult], c(mean `a')
<---Code Ends --->
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