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st: RE: Axis starting other than at zero

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Axis starting other than at zero
Date   Wed, 19 May 2004 18:02:49 +0100

Many people call this a scale break. There may 
well be other terms, especially in languages
other than English. 

Stata does not support scale breaks as such. 

You could add ticks on both sides of the axis
in question but it would be difficult to do 
anything more elaborate, or so I guess. 

As with many small graphical design issues, this 
one divides people pretty starkly. There 
have been some lively exchanges on Statalist. 

Start with Ernest Berkhout's post
and witness a exchange in which no one (including 
myself) seemed to budge a nanometre from pre-existing 
views despite hearing strong arguments from the other
side of the view break. 

There is also a Stata FAQ on this but I guess that 
the answer there is not the one that you want. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Bryan W.
> Griffin
> Sent: 19 May 2004 17:15
> To:
> Subject: st: Axis starting other than at zero
> Hi all --
> I am interested in creating graphs in which an axis does not 
> start at zero. 
> To show that the axis does not start at zero, I want to add 
> this line break 
> marker, for example it may looking something like this:
> --//--------------
>        33 34 35 etc.
> or this
> --/~/--------------
>          33 34 35 etc.
> Can Stata graphics add such a marker to an axis?
> Also, what is this thing called? I've search the net and my 
> library, but 
> could not find a name for it.
> ___________________________________________________________________
> Bryan W. Griffin
> Curriculum, Foundations, & Reading
> P.O. Box 8144
> Georgia Southern University
> Statesboro, GA 30460-8144

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