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st: RE: -sliceplot- and -cquantile- available on SSC

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: -sliceplot- and -cquantile- available on SSC
Date   Wed, 2 Nov 2005 17:55:48 -0000

Playfair, W. 1801. The commercial 
and political atlas. London: Wallis 

-- out of print for a wee while 
until re-issued by Cambridge University 
Press recently -- is one source of examples of 
something now rarely permitted by publishers: 
graphs on larger-size paper that may be unfolded. 


Nick Cox
> sliceplot: time series or other plot in slices
> ==============================================
> Often a time series plot -- or indeed some other 
> kinds of plot -- would benefit from a short and 
> wide scale. In his excellent books on graphics, 
> Bill Cleveland recommends as an ideal that line 
> segments should be close to 45 deg. This advice 
> is also to be found as far back as R.A. Fisher's 
> "Statistical methods for research workers", and 
> perhaps earlier. 
> This rule is difficult to achieve on the kind of 
> time series that goes up and down like a demented
> yo-yo on steroids, unless either you have easy 
> access to a printer with special paper sizes 
> or you slice the plot and then recombine in 
> one image. 

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