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## A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics, Third Edition |
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## Comment from the Stata technical group
In its third edition, Michael Mitchell’s - A complete guide to Stata’s
**graph**command and Graph Editor - Exhaustive examples of customized graphs using both command options and the Graph Editor
- Visual indexing of features—just look for a picture that matches what you want to do
New in this edition are treatments of contour plots, margins plots, and font
handling. Mitchell dedicates a new subsection to contour plots, showing
you how to control the number of levels, how to change the colors used, and how to
produce effective legends. Over 30 graphs are used to demonstrate what you
can accomplish with the new The book retains its visual style, presenting the reader with a color-coded, visual table of contents that runs along the right edge of every page and shows readers exactly where they are in the book. You can see the color-coded chapter tabs without opening the book, providing quick visual access to each chapter. The heart of each chapter is a series of entries that are typically formatted three to a page. Each entry shows a graph command (with the emphasized portion of the command highlighted in red), the resulting graph, a description of what is being done, the dataset and scheme used, and a section showing how to produce the result by using the Graph Editor. Because every feature, option, and edit is demonstrated with a graph or screen capture, you can often flip through a section of the book to find exactly the effect you are seeking.
The first chapter details how to use the book, the types of Stata graphs,
how to use schemes to control the overall appearance of graphs, and how to
use options to make specific modifications. It also outlines a process for
building graphs with the The second chapter is a complete overview of the Graph Editor. It includes over 120 color graphics and screen captures to show exactly how things are done and how they look on the graph. With pictures and words, Mitchell shows how to change the color, size, or placement of any titles, markers, annotations, or other objects on your graph by using just a few mouse clicks. More subtly, he shows how to change things such as the number of ticks and labels on your axes, the number of columns in your legends, the label on an individual point, and more. He even shows how to convert, for example, a scatterplot to a line plot and how to rotate or pivot bar charts. Mitchell also covers advanced topics such as how to draw lines and arrows on graphs so that they continue to reference your objects of interest even if you resize the graph, combine it with other graphs, or change the scale or range of the axes. In short, he exposes all the Graph Editor’s tools, from the simplest to the most powerful. Mitchell does not stop there; almost every example in the book shows you how to accomplish the desired graph or effect not only by using a command or command-line option but also by using the Graph Editor. Of the Graph Editor, Mitchell writes, [...] You need to use the Graph Editor for only a short amount of time to see what a smart and powerful tool it is. Whereas commands offer the power of repeatability, the Graph Editor provides a nimble interface that permits you to tangibly modify graphs like a potter directly handling clay.
In the third chapter, Mitchell discusses
twoway graphs such as scatterplots, line plots, area plots, bar plots, range
plots, contour plots, regression fits, and smooths. He shows how to
create each of these types of graphs and how to use options (and the Graph
Editor) to control how the graph looks. He also introduces graphing across
groups of data and options for adding and controlling titles, notes,
legends, and so forth. Beyond the basics, he shows how to easily overlay
plots to obtain graphs such as regression fits with error contours
and observed data scatters, local polynomial smooths with scatters of their
underlying data, stock market–style graphs of open and closed values with
quantities traded as a bar chart at the bottom, histograms with density
smooths, and more. Because Stata’s In the succeeding five chapters, Mitchell covers scatterplot matrices, bar graphs, box plots, dot plots, and pie charts. As with twoway graphs, he shows you how to create each of these graphs and how to adjust every aspect of the graph to your taste (or to a publisher’s required form). In chapters 9 and 10, Mitchell undertakes an in-depth presentation of the options available across almost all graph types—options that add and change the look of titles, notes, and such; control the number of ticks on axes; control the content and appearance of the numbers and labels on axes; control legends; add and change the look of annotations; graph over subgroups; change the look of markers and their labels; apply schemes to control the look of the graph; change the look of graph regions; size graphs and their elements; and more. Again he shows how to make these changes both by using options and by using the Graph Editor. To complete the graphical journey, Mitchell discusses and demonstrates the 12 styles that unite and control the appearance of the myriad graph objects. These styles are angles, colors, clock positions, compass directions, connecting points, line patterns, line widths, margins, marker sizes, orientations, marker symbols, and text sizes.
That completes the main body of the In a crucial section entitled “Putting it all together”, Mitchell shows us how to do just that. We learn more about overlaying twoway plots, and we learn how to combine data management and graphics to create plots such as bar charts of rates with capped confidence intervals, scatterplots with range-finder confidence intervals in both dimensions, and population pyramids.
Mitchell then warns us about mistakes that can be made when typing graph
commands and how to correct them. In the appendix, he even show us how to
create our own scheme files. Scheme files allow you to control every aspect
of how your graphs look without having to specify options. They are the
answer to department or journal standards or if you just want all your
graphs to have a common appearance different from the schemes shipped
with Stata. As with the rest of the book, this section includes
cross-references to the
The third edition of |
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