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Re: st: Surface plots or heat maps

From   Maurizio Pisati <>
Subject   Re: st: Surface plots or heat maps
Date   Thu, 15 Feb 2007 09:24:35 +0100

Dear John,
you don't need to adapt -tmap- (or its successor -spmap-) to get surface plots: you just need to have the data in proper format and then draw them as if they represented a map. You can find some examples (not the data, just the pictures) in <> Of course, having the data in proper format is another question.

At 22.11 14/02/2007, you wrote:

I've gone through the FAQs and help files, but cannot find any reference
to Stata being able to generate surface plots or heat maps.  I did find
a STB package called -surface written by Adrian Mander, but it appears
to be for the Stata 7 graph engine. It also seems very bare bones and
the z-axis scale is completely arcane (my data was decimal fractions
less than 1 and the scale was in 10's of thousands).

The only other possibility seems to be adapting -tmap (thematic maps by
Maurizio Pisati) to work with a simple graphic file of the coordinate
system I'd like to place my data on and encoding the z-axis in color.
Is there an alternative I'm missing somewhere?  I don't think this is a
particularly novel analysis - excel has a chart object for surface
plots, but its cumbersome to move data in and out of Excel obviously.

Thanks for any advice
John Wallace

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