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st: RE: re: x and y axis in the middle |

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Sun, 18 Oct 2009 17:57:14 +0100 |

This assumes, understandably, that your background is white, so that you want visible but unobtrusive grid lines, so typically choose light gray. In the book I mentioned earlier, Hadley Wickham uses as a default a light gray background colour and so white grid lines. You don't need the book, as you can find examples in various places e.g. <http://had.co.nz/ggplot2/resources/2007-past-present-future.pdf> I quite like Wickham's style as refreshingly different, although not for always. He is talking about a package for R, but the same kind of look is easy in Stata: sysuse auto #delimit ; scatter mpg weight, plotregion(color(gs14)) xla(, grid glcolor(white)) yla(, grid glcolor(white)) xsc(lcolor(gs14)) ysc(lcolor(gs14)) yla(, ang(h)); Of course, nothing is compulsory here. If you don't like it, change it or ignore it! Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Kit Baum Nick said Somewhat in his spirit, here is one variation on Kit's style: ... yline(0, lstyle(grid) lw(*2)) xline(0, lstyle(grid) lw(*2)) That is, 1. You can make the extra -yline()- and -xline()- have the same style as your grid lines. 2. But you can also make them a little more prominent by changing the width. Very nice. One thing that you might want to add is something like lcolor(gs13) to make the axes just a bit more prominent than the rest of the grid. If you want them even more noticeable, use a number lower than 13, and v.v. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: re: x and y axis in the middle***From:*Kit Baum <baum@bc.edu>

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