Table design

Almost every research paper and the­sis in sta­tis­tics con­tains at least some tables, yet stu­dents are rarely taught how to make good tables. While the prin­ci­ples of good graph­ics are slowly becom­ing part of a sta­tis­ti­cal edu­ca­tion (although not an econo­met­rics edu­ca­tion!), the prin­ci­ples of good tables are often ignored. Per­haps peo­ple think they are obvi­ous, although the results I see in papers and the­ses sug­gest oth­er­wise. Con­tinue reading →

Tables in LaTeX

Mak­ing tables in LaTeX is one of the few areas where LaTeX is more dif­fi­cult than a WYSIWYG editor.

Here are some point­ers to tools and pack­ages that I have found useful.

  • Excel2LaTeX: this excel add-​​in makes it easy to copy a rec­tan­gu­lar array of cells in a spread­sheet into a LaTeX document.
  • Calc2LaTeX: a sim­i­lar exten­sion for Libre­Of­fice and OpenOffice.
  • The LaTeX wik­i­book has a great page on pro­duc­ing tables in LaTeX.
  • Toolkit Instal­la­tor:this is a col­lec­tion of add-​​ins for WinEdt. It con­tains two fea­tures that are use­ful for tables.
    1. A graphic table designer for inputting sim­ple tables.
    2. A util­ity for mak­ing exist­ing tables neat by lin­ing up the & and remov­ing unnec­es­sary space.
  • Tuto­ri­als on tables from the Indian TeX users group:
    1. The basics
    2. Long tables
    3. Coloured tables
  • The array pack­age for apply­ing for­mat­ting com­mands to whole columns and pro­vid­ing addi­tional for­mat­ting options for paragraph-​​like columns.
  • The tab­u­larx pack­age for set­ting a table with fixed-​​width and para­graph columns with width auto­mat­i­cally calculated.
  • The book­tabs pack­age for pro­vid­ing nicer hor­i­zon­tal lines and bet­ter spac­ing control.
  • The longta­bles pack­age for tables that are too big for a sin­gle page.
  • Type­set­ting tables with LaTeX: a nice (and short) arti­cle cov­er­ing the basics as well as the above four packages.
  • Type­set­ting tables with LaTeX: video of Klaus Höpp­ner giv­ing a talk based on the above article.