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Fwd: st: Output management

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Fwd: st: Output management
Date   Fri, 9 Feb 2007 22:33:14 +0000 (GMT)

--- wrote:
> We face a challenge in generating batches of reports that are
> identical but provide estimates tailored to specific end-users, for
> example, a standardized "profile" of analytic results by county. From
> Stata, I've done the job semi-manually by transferring output to an
> Excel spreadsheet which is programmed to generate the desired graph
> or chart, then cutting and pasting charts/graphs into MS-Word. It's
> clumsy, with potential for human error, and Word doesn't handle pages
> well when many graphic objects are embedded.

There were two talks at the 2006 UK Stata Users Group Meeting on this
toppic. They can be downloaded from . 

> I haven't tried programming Stata to generate graphics directly
> because I think it would take much programming to yield limited
> options compared to Excel.

I am not sure what you mean by programming graphics. You can mean
writing your own .do or .ado file that creates a graph you like. A lot
is possible here with only a few commands. (Though it may take more
programming if you want to create an entirely new type of graph.) Or it
can mean writing your own scheme, which sets a lot of defaults exactly
the way you want. Here a lot is possible, and since you can inherit
from an existing scheme that is close and only change the things you
want to change, it does not have to take a lot of programming. Vince
Wiggins held a talk on Schemes at the UK Stata Users Group meeting I
refered to earlier and you can download his talk too.

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

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