# Re: st: histogram with normal distribution modified

 From Ana Gabriela Guerrero Serdan To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: histogram with normal distribution modified Date Sun, 9 Mar 2008 15:03:56 -0700 (PDT)

```Marteen,

Sorry, my mean (not median) is -1 so I want a
hypothetical normal distribution to be centered around
0 not -1. The reason is that I would like to compare
the distribution of my sample to a hypothetical
distribution.  So I want to plot both distributions in
the histogram.

I will look at the dplot and hangroot.

thanks,

--- Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> --- Ana Gabriela Guerrero Serdan
> <ag_guerreroserdan@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I'm doing a histogram of z-scores. My distribution
> is
> > skewed to the left median is on -1. I would like
> to
> > show the histogram and a normal distribution but
> the
> > normal distribution going from the mean value 0
> not
> > from the median -1.
> >
> > How can move the normal distribution?
>
> 1) You don't have to move the normal distribution,
> it
> is already centered around the mean:
>
> *---------- begin example ---------
> drop _all
> set obs 1000
> gen x = exp(invnormal(uniform()))
> sum x
> replace x = (x-r(mean))/r(sd)
> hist x, norm
> *----------- end example -----------
>
> 2) Comparing the hight of the histrogram bars to a
> curve is a bad way of finding patterns in the
> deviations from the Gaussian distribution.
> Alternatives are Nick Cox's -dpplot- and mine
> -hangroot-. See: -ssc desc dpplot- and
> -ssc desc hangroot-.
>
> Hope this helps,
> Maarten
>
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