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Richard Goldstein <richgold@ix.netcom.com> |

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

Date |
Tue, 01 Jul 2008 09:06:35 -0400 |

I think that if Stata had an automatic way to turn proportions (mean of a 0/1 variable) to percents, with the percent sign (as an option I guess), that would have completely solved my problem

Since my client is insisting on the presence of the % sign, the simple solution (multiply by 100) sent by Amanda does not work for me

Rich

Martin Weiss wrote:

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

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-----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

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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

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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

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**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: RE: RE: labels on bar graphs***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**References**:**st: RE: RE: labels on bar graphs***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de>

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