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RE: st: RE: Graphing limitations / questions


From   "Steichen, Thomas J." <SteichT@rjrt.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Graphing limitations / questions
Date   Tue, 23 Nov 2004 08:33:54 -0500

b. water writes (in part):

> i often do meta-analysis using metan command in stata. what 
> i would like to do however, once i have the forest plot, and 
> the summary point (with its confidence intervals), is to put 
> this summary point together with other summary points (from 
> other meta-analysis) onto another forest plot so that 
> visual comparison can be made.
> 
> i wish i can do this in stata with the various 
> ancillary options made available too (e.g. dots, boxes, 
> diamond for point estimate, different colors of graphs, 
> backgrounds and lines - where stata  excels).  

One can always create a new dataset of the summary point 
estimates and CI's and re-analyse those with -metan- to 
generate a "comparison" forest plot.  The summary stats 
are returned after a -metan- run or can be hand entered.

-metan- is a user-contributed program and, as such, does 
not benefit from direct StataCorp support.  One can, though, 
work out the necessary code for the wanted bells and whistles 
and propose it to the author for inclusion in his work... 
Or you can clone it, add the bits to your version, then 
consider contributing and supporting (at whatever level you 
are willing to do) your version for the benefit of all.  
....or, StataCorp could take on the project of providing a 
supported suite of meta-analysis commands ...but I'd advise 
not holding your breath while waiting!

Tom

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