tabmedians_svy: Generate Summary Tables of Median Comparisons for Statistical...

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Note Author(s) References See Also Examples


This function compares the median of a continuous variable across levels of a categorical variable and summarizes the results in a clean table for a statistical report. Similar to tabmeans, but for survey data. Relies heavily on the 'survey' package [1,2].


tabmedians.svy(svy, x, y, latex = FALSE, xlevels = NULL, yname = "Y variable", 
               test = "wilcoxon", decimals = 1, p.include = TRUE, p.decimals = c(2, 3),
               p.cuts = 0.01, p.lowerbound = 0.001, p.leading0 = TRUE, p.avoid1 = FALSE,
               n.column = FALSE, n.headings = TRUE, parenth = "iqr", text.label = NULL, 
               parenth.sep = "-", bold.colnames = TRUE, bold.varnames = FALSE, 
               variable.colname = "Variable", print.html = FALSE, 
               html.filename = "table1.html")



Survey design object created by a call to svydesign [1,2].


Vector of values for the categorical variable.


Vector of values for the continuous variable.


If TRUE, object returned is formatted for printing in LaTeX using xtable [3]; if FALSE, formatted for copy-and-pasting from RStudio into a word processor.


Optional character vector to label the levels of x. If unspecified, the function uses the values that x takes on.


Optional label for the continuous variable.


Controls statistical test. Must be a possible value for the 'test' input of the svyranktest function in the survey package [1,2]: 'wilcoxon' for Mann-Whitney U/Wilcoxon test of whether one group is from distribution that is stochastically greater than the other; 'vanderWaerden' for Van der Waerden test of whether the population distribution functions are equal; 'median' for Mood's test for whether the population medians are equal; and 'KruskalWallis' for Kruskal-Wallis test which is Mann-Whitney U/Wilcoxon generalized to three or more groups.


Number of decimal places for means and standard deviations or standard errors.


If FALSE, statistical test is not performed and p-value is not returned.


Number of decimal places for p-values. If a vector is provided rather than a single value, number of decimal places will depend on what range the p-value lies in. See p.cuts.


Cut-point(s) to control number of decimal places used for p-values. For example, by default p.cuts is 0.1 and p.decimals is c(2, 3). This means that p-values in the range [0.1, 1] will be printed to two decimal places, while p-values in the range [0, 0.1) will be printed to three decimal places.


Controls cut-point at which p-values are no longer printed as their value, but rather <lowerbound. For example, by default p.lowerbound is 0.001. Under this setting, p-values less than 0.001 are printed as <0.001.


If TRUE, p-values are printed with 0 before decimal place; if FALSE, the leading 0 is omitted.


If TRUE, p-values rounded to 1 are not printed as 1, but as >0.99 (or similarly depending on values for p.decimals and p.cuts).


If TRUE, the table will have a column for (unweighted) sample size.


If TRUE, the table will indicate the (unweighted) sample size overall and in each group in parentheses after the column headings.


Controls what values (if any) are placed in parentheses after the medians in each cell. Possible choices are as follows: 'minmax' for minimum and maximum; 'range' for difference between minimum and maximum; 'q1q3' for first and third quartiles; 'iqr' for difference between first and third quartiles; or 'none' for no parentheses at all.


Optional text to put after the variable name. For example, if parenth is 'q1q3' and yname is 'BMI' the default label would be 'BMI, Median (Q1-Q3)'. You might prefer to set text.label to something like 'Med (Quartile 1-Quartile 3)' instead.


Optional character specifying the separator for the two numbers in parentheses when parenth is set to 'minmax' or 'q1q3'. The default is a dash, so values in the table are formatted as Median (Lower-Upper). If you set parenth.sep to ', ' the values in the table would instead be formatted as Median (Lower, Upper).


If TRUE, column headings are printed in bold font. Only applies if latex = TRUE.


If TRUE, variable name in the first column of the table is printed in bold font. Only applies if latex = TRUE.


Character string with desired heading for first column of table, which shows the y variable name.


If TRUE, function prints a .html file to the current working directory.


Character string indicating the name of the .html file that gets printed if print.html is set to TRUE.




A character matrix with the requested table comparing median y across levels of x. If latex is set to TRUE, the character matrix will be formatted for inserting into a Markdown/Sweave/knitr report using the xtable package [3].


If you have suggestions for additional options or features, or if you would like some help using any function in the package tab, please e-mail me at Thanks!


Dane R. Van Domelen


1. Lumley T (2012). survey: analysis of complex survey samples. R package version 3.28-2,

2. Lumley T (2014). Analysis of complex survey samples. Journal of Statistical Software 9(1): 1-19.

3. Dahl DB (2013). xtable: Export tables to LaTeX or HTML. R package version 1.7-1,

4. Kevin Ushey (2013). Kmisc: Kevin Miscellaneous. R package version 0.5.0.

Acknowledgment: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. DGE-0940903.

See Also

svydesign, svyquantile, svyranktest, tabfreq, tabmeans, tabmulti, tabglm, tabcox, tabgee, tabfreq.svy, tabmeans.svy, tabmulti.svy, tabglm.svy



tab documentation built on May 31, 2017, 5:05 a.m.

Search within the tab package
Search all R packages, documentation and source code