This page shows the use of value and variable labels, as well as how to save output in HTML and LaTeX. The books offer much more coverage of factors than simply value labels. The practice data set is shown here. The programs and the data they use are also available for download here.
Value Labels
R  SAS  SPSS  Stata  mydata$workshop < factor( mydata$workshop, levels = c(1, 2, 3, 4),
labels = c("R", "SAS", "SPSS", "Stata") )
 LIBNAME myLib 'C:\myRfolder';
PROC FORMAT; VALUES workshop_f 1="R" 2="SAS" 3="SPSS" 4="Stata"; VALUES $gender_f "m"="Male" "f"="Female"; VALUES agreement 1='Strongly Disagree' 2='Disagree' 3='Neutral' 4='Agree' 5='Strongly Agree'.; RUN;
DATA myLib.mydata; SET myLib.mydata; FORMAT workshop workshop_f. gender gender_f. q1q4 agreement.; RUN;
 CD 'C:\myRfolder'. GET FILE='mydata.sav'.
VARIABLE LEVEL workshop (NOMINAL) /q1 TO q4 (SCALE).
VALUE LABELS /workshop 1 'R' 2 'SAS' 3 'SPSS' 4 'Stata' /q1 TO q4 1 'Strongly Disagree' 2 'Disagree' 3 'Neutral' 4 'Agree' 5 'Strongly Agree'.
SAVE OUTfile = "mydata.sav".
 use c:\myRfolder\mydata, clear label var q1 "The instructor was well prepared" label var q2 "The instructor communicated well" label var q3 "The course materials were helpful" label var q4 "Overall, I found this workshop useful"
* summarize the q variables sum q*

Variable Labels
R  SAS  SPSS  Stata  # Filename: VarLabels.R
setwd("c:/myRfolder") load(file = "mydata.RData") options(width = 63) mydata
# Using the Hmisc label attribute. library("Hmisc") label(mydata$q1) < "The instructor was well prepared." label(mydata$q2) < "The instructor communicated well." label(mydata$q3) < "The course materials were helpful." label(mydata$q4) < "Overall, I found this workshop useful."
# Hmisc describe function uses the labels. describe( mydata[ ,3:6] )
# Buitin summary function # ignores the labels. summary( mydata[ ,3:6] )
 * Filename: VarLabels.sas ;
LIBNAME myLib 'C:\myRfolder';
DATA myLib.mydata; SET myLib.mydata ; LABEL Q1="The instructor was well prepared" Q2="The instructor communicated well" Q3="The course materials were helpful" Q4="Overall, I found this workshop useful"; RUN;
PROC FREQ; TABLES q1q4; RUN; RUN;
 * Filename: VarLabels.sps .
CD 'C:\myRfolder'.
GET FILE='mydata.sav'. VARIABLE LABELS Q1 "The instructor was well prepared" Q2 "The instructor communicated well" Q3 "The course materials were helpful" Q4 "Overall, I found this workshop useful".
FREQUENCIES VARIABLES=q1 q2 q3 q4. SAVE OUTFILE='mydata.sav'.
 * Stata Program for Variable Labels use mydata * Filename: VarLabels.do
use c:\myRfolder\mydata, clear label var q1 "The instructor was well prepared" label var q2 "The instructor communicated well" label var q3 "The course materials were helpful" label var q4 "Overall, I found this workshop useful"
* summarize the q variables sum q*

Writing HTML & LaTeX R  SAS  SPSS  Stata  # Filename: FormattedOutput.R
options(width = 60) setwd("c:/myRfolder") load("mydata.RData") attach(mydata)
library("xtable")
# Formatting a Data Frame
print(mydata) myXtable < xtable(mydata) class(myXtable)
print(myXtable, type = "html") print(myXtable, type = "latex")
# Formatting a Linear Model
mymodel < lm( q4 ~ q1 + q2 + q3, data = mydata) myXtable < xtable(mymodel)
label(myXtable) < c("xtableOutput") caption(myXtable) < c("Linear model results formatted by xtable")
print(myXtable, type = "html") print(myXtable, type = "latex")
 In SAS getting tabular results into your word processor or Web page is as easy as setting the style when you install it and then saving the output directly in format you need. To get a subset of output, copy and paste works fine.
 In SPSS, getting tabular results into your word processor or Web page is as easy as setting the style when you install it and then saving the output directly in format you need. To get a subset of output copy and paste works fine.
 use c:\myRfolder\mydata, list regress q4 q1 q2 q3 outtex

