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Re: st: RE: Labelling stacked histograms


From   "fran brittan" <franbrittan@googlemail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: Labelling stacked histograms
Date   Sat, 8 Nov 2008 19:38:39 +0000

Maarten and Martin - thank you so much! I can finally go ahead and
circulate my results.

Fran


On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> wrote:
> As Maarten has told you, -la val- is necessary before Stata knows that you
> want to tie a particular set of labels to a particular variable. BTW, the
> submenu Data -> Labels -> Label values neatly binds all these commands
> together.
>
> If you want to ascertain the status of a variable in this regard, try
> -inspect-:
>
> *******
> sysuse auto, clear
> ins rep
> la def rep 1 "very good" 2 "good" 3 "satisfactory" 4 "not satisfactory" 5
> "plain bad"
> ins rep
> la val rep78 rep
> ins rep
> *******
>
> The last line of output shows the status with regard to -label-s...
>
> HTH
> Martin
> _______________________
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "fran brittan"
> <franbrittan@googlemail.com>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 1:42 AM
> Subject: Re: st: RE: Labelling stacked histograms
>
>
>> Thank you very much, Martin and Nick! (also for the encouragement.)
>>
>> I used your code to get rid of the label - I had tried the note("")
>> trick before but my mistake was to write it outside the parentheses
>> belonging to discrete by(var).
>>
>> I hope this will make my main question clearer:
>> Var2 is numerical data, not string. I attached labels to the values
>> using this command:
>>
>> label def var2 1 "value1" etc.
>>
>> If I type "label list", it lists the values as I defined them.
>> If I just tabulate it, it shows the numerical values. I don't want to
>> change the variable to string.
>>
>> However, the panels in the composite graph are distinguished by the
>> numerical values (1, 2 etc) instead of the value labels that I
>> attached to them (value1 etc). If I add a title, the same title
>> appears above each panel, which continue to be marked by the numerical
>> values underneath the title. I.e. the individual panel titles remain
>> the numerical value. I'd like to find a way to have the respective
>> value labels mark each panel, instead of the respective numerical
>> values.
>>
>> I hope my question is clearer this time - and I very much appreciate your
>> help!
>>
>> Fran
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 5:17 PM, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>
>>> With
>>>
>>> . sysuse auto
>>>
>>> . histogram rep78, discrete by(foreign, col(1) note("")) gap(3) addl
>>> normal
>>>
>>> I can get rid of the note you don't want -- see -note("")- -- and my
>>> value labels show up automatically.
>>>
>>> I have to guess that your variable is not set up as you think it is with
>>> value labels attached. Does
>>>
>>> . tab var1
>>>
>>> show the labels?
>>>
>>> I don't understand your expectations about the legend. The legend
>>> applies to the whole graph, not individual panels. The individual panel
>>> titles come from the values, or value labels when attached.
>>>
>>> At least one of your questions took me 2 seconds to understand, but that
>>> was because of previous experience and detailed study of the
>>> documentation. You can't have a flexible graphics system with hundreds
>>> of handles that is also instantaneously understandable.
>>>
>>> Nick
>>> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>>>
>>> fran brittan
>>>
>>> I have another question that should be very simple in theory, but I
>>> couldn't work it out and neither could my colleagues.
>>>
>>> I want a histogram of one variable broken down by another, such as
>>> education levels by gender. I'm using the histogram var1, by var2
>>> format. I want the two histograms that are produced as a result within
>>> the combined graph to show the value label on top of each histogram,
>>> instead of showing the numeric code. I have tested that the data has
>>> the value labels I want, yet it's not showing up. I've tried
>>> manipulating the legend option but it keeps giving the key to the
>>> various aspects of the graphs (the density and the normal curve I
>>> superimposed) rather than to the individual histograms.
>>>
>>> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>>>
>>> My basic command is:
>>>
>>> histogram var1, discrete by (var2, col(1)) gap(3) addl normal
>>> yscale(range(. .6))
>>>
>>> In addition, the overall graph (the combined histograms) has a note in
>>> the corner that reads "Graph by var2". I can't change this with the
>>> title command - if I add a title, this gets inserted above each
>>> histogram (the same text above each, and above the value code), while
>>> the "Graph by var2" notice stays unaffected.
>>>
>>> This is the kind of thing that should take two seconds and just
>>> devours time instead...
>>>
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