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st: meta-analysis graphs with metan


From   Michael McCulloch <mm@pinest.org>
To   Statalist <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: meta-analysis graphs with metan
Date   Tue, 22 Mar 2005 10:23:30 -0800

Metan is a very useful routine for calculating summary effect measures. However, I am having a problem with balancing text size of study ID (namevar) with the width of the text columns where event counts are displayed. Here's the problem:
1. If I set texts to display at full size texts=1, then the text for the event counts in group 1 overlaps with that of group 2.
2. If I set texts to display at reduced size (texts=0.7), then the event counts text columns are properly separated, but the study ID text (namevar) is so small it is unsuitable for publication.

I should add that the # of events is large, four digits, making the display issue more problematic. Techniques for customizing the graph are only minimally documented in "help metan."

I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions on how to customize the graph. Especially helpful would be suggestions on how to increase the width between the event counts text columns.



Best wishes,
Michael


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Michael McCulloch, LAc, MPH
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