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Stata and $\LaTeX$: Descriptive Statistics, Part 2

In a previous post about outputting descriptive statistics from Stata to $\LaTeX$ I didn't expect to follow that post with a sequel but as I gained more experience outputting statistics, I realized I'd need something more flexible and more powerful. Enter -estpost-. I didn't realize just how flexible, powerful, and relatively easy -estpost- is to use until I started playing around with it. The author, Ben Jann, ought to receive a place in the Stata user-programmer hall of fame for this contribution alone. Anyway, outputting descriptive statistics can be accomplished with either -summarize- or -tabstat- following -estpost-. I prefer -tabstat-. Once the statistics are generated, the output is then dumped into a $\LaTeX$ file with the accompanying code via -esttab-. It's pretty simple really. Below is my Stata code using the ever-pervasive system dataset, auto.dta.

// #1

// read in auto data

sysuse auto

// #2

// univariate summary statistics

estpost tabstat price mpg trunk weight length turn displacement gear_ratio, ///

statistics(N min max p50 mean sd) columns(statistics)

*...to latex...

esttab . using stats.tex, replace cells("count min max p50 mean(fmt(a3)) sd(fmt(a3))") ///

title("Univariate Summary Statistics for auto.dta") label nomtitles noobs width(\hsize)

// #3

// stratified by foreign

estpost tabstat price mpg trunk weight length turn displacement gear_ratio, ///

by(foreign) statistics(N min max p50 mean sd) columns(statistics) nototal

*...to latex...

esttab . using stats.tex, append cells("count min max p50 mean(fmt(a3)) sd(fmt(a3))") ///

title("Summary Statistics for auto.dta stratified by foreign") label nomtitles noobs width(\hsize)
The code from -esttab- outputs a $\LaTeX$ file (I called it stats.tex above) which I then open up in my editor (WinEdt), declare the document class, add the necessary packages into my preamble, then run. The output is pasted below. The more I use -estpost-, the more I love it.
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