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From |
"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
st: RE: Controlling look of variable labels in onewayplot |

Date |
Tue, 3 Aug 2004 22:54:34 +0100 |

A small point is that here the values of the argument of -by()- are serving as value labels on one axis on -onewayplot-. Variable labels do not enter this question, as variable labels will never be displayed _as value labels_ when -onewayplot- is used with -by()-. The -variablelabels- option remains legal but it is ignored. Perhaps the author of -onewayplot- should trap that, but it seems fairly harmless in itself. A larger point is that this is nothing to do with -onewayplot- as such. It is generic to -graph-. In particular, -onewayplot- is just a wrapper to -scatter- and does nothing special to values. The behaviour may be seen otherwise. For example, . sysuse auto, clear Pad out -make- with spaces at the end: replace make = make + substr(`"`: di _dup(18) " "'"', 1, 18-length(make)) Now try to use that: graph dot (asis) mpg if foreign, over(make) The trailing spaces all get stripped. The only way I know round this is ugly beyond acceptance. Add a barrier character at the end: replace make = make + "|" graph dot (asis) mpg if foreign, over(make) Now the spaces are shown. But even if the barrier were not visible, we would still have the problem that almost all of the acceptable fonts for graphs use differing amounts of space for each character, so the names would not line up well in any case (or, in any font). In short, I can't solve your problem, but I can offer this diagnosis. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk That example on p.76 would look better if the y axis ticks were all suppressed. > -----Original Message----- > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of > David Harless > Sent: 03 August 2004 21:45 > To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > Subject: st: Controlling look of variable labels in onewayplot > > > In Stata Journal Volume 4(1) page 76, I saw the nice example > using onewayplot in > Nick Cox's "Speaking Stata" column. I am trying to use > onewayplot but control > how the "byvar" label looks. My byvar is named dec_all and > I've put in extra > spaces to make the value labels line up a certain way -- at > least in a > fixed-width font: > > . table dec_all > ------------------------------ > dec_all | Freq. > ------------------+----------- > < 3.77 | 14,665 > 3.77- 11.67 | 4,228 > 11.67- 38.75 | 2,208 > 38.75- 50.08 | 689 > 50.08- 60.23 | 502 > 60.23- 76.93 | 491 > 76.93- 140.19 | 410 > 140.19- 248.67 | 347 > 248.67-2,476.99 | 186 > 2,477.00< | 22 > ------------------------------ > > I'd like to make the labels keep this approximate > relationship when I used the > variablelabels option in onewayplot, but when I issue the > following command > > onewayplot myvar , by(dec_all) stack msize(*.75) /// > variablelabels ytitle("") ms(oh) > > I find that > (i) my labels are partly cut-off (e.g. ".67-2,476.99" instead of > "248.67-2,476.99") and > (ii) my labels are all right-justified against the y axis > instead of looking > something like they do in the table above. > Any suggestions on how to handle this? > > Thanks, > Dave Harless > > > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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