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Re: st: How to achieve invisible bars in -graph bar-?

From   Riley Newman <>
Subject   Re: st: How to achieve invisible bars in -graph bar-?
Date   Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:55:15 -0700

This is an interesting problem, related to some bar graphing I've been working on. Is it possible to change the color of only one bar within one yvar?

i.e. if we want to highlight AMC Spirit in contrast with other cars:

sysuse auto
keep in 1/5
graph hbar mpg, over(make, sort(1) descending) bar(1, color(green))



On Jul 30, 2008, at 10:06 AM, Nick Cox wrote:

When -graph bar- does not do what you want, it is usually best to turn
to -twoway bar-.
So you needn't put even a notional bar where you just want text labels,
just use -twoway scatter- or -twoway scatteri- (e.g.).


Eva Poen

I just realised that this attempt will be futile anyway. -graph bar-
with -(asis)- does not allow to label the bars with the label of
-yvar- which is what I wanted in the end. I will have to fiddle with
-twoway- to achieve what I want, I believe.

I'm still curious why -bstyle(none)- does not do what it says, though.

2008/7/30 Eva Poen <>:

I am trying to achieve invisible bars in a -graph bar- chart. The idea
is to show only the labels and not the bars themselves; all of this is
part of my effort to add more information to a -graph bar- chart than
Stata allows by default.

However, I fail to render the bars invisible. After reading the help
on barlook options, I concluded that the following should work:

sysuse auto
graph bar (mean) length turn, over(foreign) bar(1, bstyle(none) )

In Stata 9.2 and Stata 10, this still gives me the outline of the
bars. No matter which combination of -bstyle-, -color-, -fcolor-,
-lwidth-, -lcolor-, and -lstyle- I choose, I always end up with an
outline around the bars.

I find that confusing, since -help areastyle- notes for the style
-none-: "no outline and no background color".

Is there some way to omit the bars and only print the labels?
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