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Re: st: RE: labels on bar graphs

From   David Radwin <>
To   <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: labels on bar graphs
Date   Mon, 30 Jun 2008 11:31:38 -0700

At 5:48 PM +0100 6/30/08, Nick Cox wrote:
I did once suggest a percent format to StataCorp -- without eliciting
any interest.
No interest from StataCorp, perhaps, but this suggestion has appeared before on Statalist, so there is obviously some interest from Stata users. I am another interested user.

Outside of certain academic disciplines, I suspect it is much more typical to portray fractions in the form of percentages, such as "41% of households do X" rather than the Stata graph label default "0.41 of households do X."

It seems to me that this feature would be simple to implement and would appeal to a wider range of potential users than highly specialized estimation methods with names like "fixed effects instrumental variables nonlinear multinomial probit mixed models for heteroscedastic censored data with bootstrapped standard errors." It's not that the latter doesn't have its place, but it would be nice for the rest of us to put percentages on graph labels without jumping through hoops.

Maybe we just need to lobby StataCorp more?

David Radwin
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