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Re: st: Xaxis range


From   Nick Winter <nw53@cornell.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Xaxis range
Date   Wed, 23 Mar 2005 14:23:43 -0500

This has confused me periodically, too.

The issue is that the range of an axis can be expanded either by explicitly specifying a wider axis (with "xscale( range( ) )") or by specifying axis labels that include numbers outside the range of the data.

By default, twoway defaults to labeling the axes with "about" 5 ticks, the equivalant of

. scatter mpg price , xlabel(#5)

and this will expand the range of the axis to make for round numbers. So you need to specify a narrower set of labels.

. scatter mpg price , xlabel(minmax)

. scatter mpg price , xlabel(2000 7000 15000)

and so on.

--Nick Winter



At 02:11 PM 3/23/2005 -0500, you wrote:

I am creating a scatterplot in which the minimum x value is 3.002 and
the maximum value is 9.29 (it comes from a larger dataset in which I
have dropped values larger than 10 or smaller than 3). When I create a
twoway scatter the displayed graph ranges from 2 to 10. I would like
the left-hand axis to start at 3, which will not cut off any data, but
the xaxis(range(3 10)) option doesn't seem to do the trick, as I
suspected it wouldn't since the documentation suggests that this command
only expands ranges. Suggestions?

Jonathan Falk
Vice President, NERA
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