I tried and failed to write my data set in this question. https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/67090/statistical-significance-of-conditional-probabiltiy it looks ugly. how are we supposed to write columns and data?

  • $\begingroup$ What is it you were trying to display? (I can edit it for you, if I can tell what you want.) You can display text in a code block & it will show up as you type it. You can also use mathjax to display information formatted as $\LaTeX$ (see here: reviewing-questions-and-applying-latex-format). Lastly you can use HTML. The editing features CV supports are discussed (briefly) here: editing-help. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 22:12
  • $\begingroup$ @gung i was trying to show 3 rows and 3 columns of data for 3 different comparisions $\endgroup$
    – user11279
    Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 23:23
  • $\begingroup$ @AndreSilva i found that the tag function could be abused to provide something that looks like a table $\endgroup$
    – user11279
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ Please do not "abuse" the tag function in this way, @caseyr547. I have tried to edit your question for you. Try to follow my lead & edit it further. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 1:45
  • $\begingroup$ @gung thanks for the correction i looked on metaoverflow and that seemed to be one of the ways which was suggested. $\endgroup$
    – user11279
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ That's a poor suggestion. Would you mind posting a link to where it said that? I'd like to address it. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ @gung let me fetch it for you $\endgroup$
    – user11279
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 3:16
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    $\begingroup$ meta.stackexchange.com/questions/73566/… $\endgroup$
    – user11279
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ Did you see the comments beneath that Meta SO question, casey? "I'm only serious about the first one." The use of tags to present data is an overt joke. If you were to try this, we would become rather upset at you due to the work required to remove all those tags! $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber i thought it was a kind of invert statmenet when i looked at the code for the first one it was a mess so i thought to myself no way could someone use or suggest all those breaks but as you can tell i was wrong it wont happen again :) $\endgroup$
    – user11279
    Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 14:26

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Organization and utility have more value than prettiness.

Use inline code formatting, as in

Header 1    Header 2     Header 3
123.45      -6.7         abc
8           9.0          xyz

This is simple (usually a copy-and-paste operation followed by a click of the Preformatted text control) and useful (because readers can copy the data in a format suitable for input with most software).

$\TeX$ markup is an option where formatting of the data is essential (which is almost never). $\TeX$ includes a myriad ways to tabulate things, as in

$$\begin{align} \text{Header 1}\qquad &\text{Header 2}\qquad &\text{Header 3} \\ 123.45\qquad & -6.7\qquad & \text{abc} \\ 8\qquad &9.0\qquad &\text{xyz} \end{align}$$

Avoid posting data as images (unless the images, as bitmapped rasters, are the data): there is no straightforward way to use such code without manually transcribing it.


Please do not post large amounts (multiple pages) of data: either strip down the data to a smaller example (which is much preferred) or post the full dataset elsewhere and provide a link (which is discouraged because the link may eventually rot).


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