Basic summary commands in Stata
April 13, 2019
Some of the most basic utility commands to summarize, describe and get an overview of your data are
describe summarize tab
When opening a new dataset it’s crucial to get an idea of what kind of data you’re dealing with. The describe command offers basic descriptive information about the nature of the data, such as storage type and labels.
The summarize command on the other hand offers number of observations, averages, standard deviations as well as min and max values:
Another useful overview type command is tab, which is used to tabulate a variable, for example to see the distribution of observations. Using the autodata example dataset for example, let’s look at the rep78 variable:
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