# [R] Hmisc summary.formula formats for binary and continuous variables

From: Kwok, Heemun <hkwok_at_emedharbor.edu>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 23:09:57 -0700

Hello,
I am using Hmisc summary.formula, latex and Sweave to produce tables for publication. Is it possible to change the formats for binary and continuous variables? I would prefer to show 35 (10%) and 1.5 (1.2-1.8) rather than 10% (35) and 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.8. Here is a simple example:

sex <- factor(sample(c("m","f"), 500, rep=TRUE)) age <- rnorm(500, 50, 5)
treatment <- factor(sample(c("Drug","Placebo"), 500, rep=TRUE))

s1 <- summary(~sex + age)
s2 <- summary(treatment ~ sex + age, method="reverse") print(s1); print(s2)

Descriptive Statistics (N=500)

```+-------+-----------------+

|       |                 |

+-------+-----------------+
```

|sex : m| 46% (232) |
```+-------+-----------------+
```

|age |47.22/50.31/53.37|
```+-------+-----------------+

```

Descriptive Statistics by treatment

```+-------+-----------------+-----------------+

|       |Drug             |Placebo          |

|       |(N=257)          |(N=243)          |

+-------+-----------------+-----------------+
```

|sex : m| 47% (122) | 45% (110) |
```+-------+-----------------+-----------------+
```

|age |47.35/50.00/52.68|46.78/50.92/53.97|
```+-------+-----------------+-----------------+

```

Thanks,
Heemun

Heemun Kwok, M.D.
Research Fellow
Harbor-UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine 1000 West Carson Street, Box 21
Torrance, CA 90509-2910
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