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Re: AW: st: help with a histogram by year


From   Ronan Conroy <rconroy@rcsi.ie>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: AW: st: help with a histogram by year
Date   Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:11:41 +0000

On 10 Márta 2009, at 15:54, Martin Weiss wrote:

I agree with your sentiment, but usually users are bewildered by the fact that the -note- has to be specified inside the parantheses for -by- (see - help by_option, marker(remarks6)-), not by the empty string to make it go away. In fact, the difference btw -by(foreign, note(""))- and - by(foreign,
note(off))- seems minor to me...

It goes against Stata philosophy, I think, that Stata does something that you didn't ask it for. I think that it is up to the user to decide how to incorporate the information into the graph. I would normally title a graph with this information - something like "Wellbeing scores in men and women" - to draw attention to the -by- variable in the title.

In general, I would like each element of a chart to be capable of being turned off using an (off) option. -legend- can be turned off, but not so -note-. This is inconsistent and Stata is generally a stickler for consistency.


Ronan Conroy
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