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st: RE: RE: RE: stata graphs, x-axis formatting


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: RE: RE: stata graphs, x-axis formatting
Date   Wed, 19 May 2004 23:48:07 +0100

My apologies: I am getting time the wrong way 
round and forgetting that the Stata community 
cannot be expected to understand a term not 
yet introduced to it (unless you are a student of mine). 

Here is an extract from something not yet 
published in the Stata Journal: 

giraffe graphics, in which readers are presumed able 
and willing to move their heads over a range of angles 
to scrutinise the plot presented

A Google search reveals many other more literal 
uses. In short, the "giraffe" is in my sense the supposed 
reader of the graphs, _not_ part of the graphic. 

However, people with access to http://www.jstor.org or 
otherwise able to look at 

Errors of routine analysis
Student
Biometrika 19 (1/2) (July  1927), pp. 151-164.

should check out the cartoons of 
kangaroos and a platypus used to make a
very serious statistical point on p.160. 

This "Student" was, as everyone knows, really
the brewer W.S. Gosset who worked for Guinness
in Dublin, where a sense of humour and a love
of statistics are both much in evidence today. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of 
> Wallace, John
> Sent: 19 May 2004 23:28
> To: 'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'
> Subject: st: RE: RE: stata graphs, x-axis formatting
> 
> 
> Well, I'm intrigued...what's the derivation of "giraffe graphics"?
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nick Cox [mailto:n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk] 
> Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 3:16 PM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: RE: stata graphs, x-axis formatting
> 
> ....
> _or_ consider what is often a much better solution
> to avoid giraffe graphics: 
> 
> graph hbar ... , over(whatever) 
> 
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