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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

Subject |
st: RE: RE: labels on bar graphs |

Date |
Tue, 1 Jul 2008 09:24:16 +0200 |

Well, obviously I hit a sore spot with my "straw man", given that it attracted a few replies... Maybe I should have turned that into a new thread though, to keep Rich`s other concerns alive. Sorry for that. Martin Weiss _________________________________________________________________ Diplom-Kaufmann Martin Weiss Mohlstrasse 36 Room 415 72074 Tuebingen Germany Fon: 0049-7071-2978184 Home: http://www.wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de/cms/index.php?id=1130 Publications: http://www.wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de/cms/index.php?id=1131 SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=669945 -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Frank de Libero Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 4:45 AM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: RE: labels on bar graphs <> Rich originally asked for help not only to display "%" but much more. That's how I read his message (below). Then Martin (see below Rich's message) introduces what seems to be a straw man: [Why should users be forced] go to such lengths for a mundane task like labeling with percentages... And the thread then went adrift given the general frustration (including mine) about not having an enhanced -format- that includes "%". But as I read Rich's original post, he was asking for a method that helped automate the placement and value of the label, and then attaching a "%". The "clever solutions" were not so much about displaying a "%" as they were about where to display it and automatically display the value. A simple change in the -format- command or equivalent would not solve all that. I think the subsequent aspersions on Stata are unfair and stray from the original question. ..Frank -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Richard Goldstein Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 1:53 PM To: statalist Subject: st: labels on bar graphs Hi: I need to produce a sizable number of bar graphs for a client. The client wants the y-axis to be labeled as, e.g., "15%" rather than as, e.g., .15. The range of proportions for these graphs varies quite a bit (from a max of less than .05 to a max of over .2) so I don't want to force them all to be the same. After seeing a graph, it is easy enough to use the ylabel option to get what I want. Given that I am generally willing to live with Stata's automatic choice of tick marks, is there a way to automatically get labels in the form I want (e.g., "15%") rather than the way Stata wants (e.g., .15)? Thanks, Rich ================================================= All these clever solutions have a funny tendency to remind me of one thing: a software that takes prides in its graph capabilities should not force users to go to such lengths for a mundane task like labeling with percentages... Martin Weiss * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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