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st: RE: RE: histogramm and dates

From   Lee Sieswerda <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: histogramm and dates
Date   Thu, 7 Aug 2003 16:38:20 -0400

A close alternative to -histogram- is -twoway bar-. You said that you had
unsuccessfully tried a bar graph, but I would guess that you used -graph
bar-, not -twoway bar-. -twoway bar- would fill in the missing months
(assuming that you have your month variable in date format).

Lee Sieswerda, Epidemiologist
Thunder Bay District Health Unit

-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Cox [] 
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 10:55 AM
Subject: st: RE: histogramm and dates

Dr Veit Grote, MSc 

> I have cases that were detetcted between the 1st May 1997
> and the 19th June 2001 (d_onset). I like to have a 
> histogram of the distribution of the number of cases by 
> month, showing also the months with missing values, i.e. I 
> like to have a true time scale. I could not find out how I 
> could accomplish this. I tried (arbitrarily choosing 50 bins):
> histogram d_onset, bin(50) frequency xlabel(#50,
> angle(vertical) format(%dmy))
> This gives me an idea of the general distribution, but the
> bins are not months. If I create a new variable grouping 
> all cases per month and year, I could have a bar graph with 
> correct numbers per month, but time gaps would not show. 

I am not clear what the problem is. Did you convert 
to a month variable and try a histogram? I would 

gen m_onset = mofd(d_onset) 
histogram m_onset, w(1) 


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