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Using the file command to produce formatted output for other applications


  • Emma Slaymaker

    () (Centre for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)


The file command provides a way to produce tables for use in other application software. It can be especially useful for combining descriptive results (such as means and percentages) and results from significance tests. Extracting and manipulating the results directly from Stata matrices gives more control over arrangement, while other Stata functions may be used to control numeric formats. This tutorial includes examples based on survey data of both plain text and HTML output. Copyright 2005 by StataCorp LP.

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  • Emma Slaymaker, 2005. "Using the file command to produce formatted output for other applications," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 5(2), pages 239-247, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:5:y:2004:i:2:p:239-247

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    1. John Eng, 2007. "File filtering in Stata: Handling complex data formats and navigating log files efficiently," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 7(1), pages 98-105, February.


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